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franchise

fran·chise

franchise

 
 
pronunciation:
fraen chaIz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a right or privilege conferred by a government, esp. the right to vote or the rights and powers of incorporation.
New Zealand granted the franchise to women in 1893.
similar words:
charter, concession, liberty
definition 2: a right granted by a commercial enterprise to sell a product or service in a limited territory.
definition 3: the territory in which such a right may be exercised.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: franchised, franchises, franchising
definition 1: to allow (someone) the right to sell one's product or service.
franchise a dealer
definition 2: to grant the rights of citizenship to, esp. the right to vote; enfranchise.
antonyms:
disfranchise
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derivation: franchisement (n.)