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  1. fran·chise
    IPA[ˈfranˌCHīz]
  2. noun

    • 1. an authorization granted by a government or company to an individual or group enabling them to carry out specified commercial activities, e.g., providing a broadcasting service or acting as an agent for a company's products:

      Toyota granted the group a franchise lagers brewed under franchise franchise holders
    • 2. a business or service given a franchise to operate:

      fast-food franchises dot the roadside
    • 3. a general title or concept used for creating or marketing a series of products, typically films or television shows:

      the Harry Potter franchise
    • 4. (chiefly in North America) an ownership structure in professional sports in which a league is limited to a fixed number of teams.

    • 5. an authorization given by a league to own a sports team:

      the two cities will be awarded franchises as the teams join the National League
    • 6. a professional sports team.

    • 7. a star player in a team.

    • 8. the right to vote:

      the franchise was limited to Estonian citizens the election by universal franchise of a constituent assembly
    • 9. the rights of citizenship:

      the bishop's authority was deployed to extend the franchise of civilized Christian living
      Synonym : suffrage, the vote, the right to vote, voting rights, enfranchisement, a voice, one's say

    verb

    • 1. grant a franchise to (an individual or group):

      a franchised dealer
    • 2. grant a franchise for the sale of (goods) or the operation of (a service):

      all the catering was franchised out
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: franchise, plural noun: franchises

    • noun

      an authorization granted by a government or company to an individual or group enabling them to carry out specified commercial activities, for example acting as an agent for a company's products:

      a business or service given a franchise to operate:

    • verb

      grant a franchise to (an individual or group):

      grant a franchise for the sale of (goods) or the operation of (a service):

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