Definition of green light in US English:

green light

noun

  • 1A green traffic light giving permission to proceed.

    • ‘Ms. Mitchell says she entered the intersection for a left turn on a green light behind one or two other cars.’
    • ‘With the Scottish capital's new traffic regulations, a green light is no guarantee of getting anywhere in a hurry.’
    • ‘In Sofia you can consider yourself lucky if you reach the other side of a street in one piece even on a green light.’
    • ‘After all of these years of driving, after all of the red lights and green lights that I have perceived and responded to correctly, why did I do that?’
    • ‘He points out that the proposal to give left-turn cars advance green lights will slow down streetcars and probably negate any gains made otherwise.’
    • ‘They had both been surprised when a green light ahead of them changed straight to red without going to amber.’
    1. 1.1 Permission to go ahead with a project.
      ‘the commission has given the green light for a wind-farm development’
      • ‘The eastern route for the bypass was given the green light by Wiltshire county councillors in July 2001.’
      • ‘A newsagent said he and his wife will be left jobless and homeless if plans to demolish shops to make way for houses are given the green light.’
      • ‘Only the clubs can give the green light for any deal to proceed.’
      • ‘The board has already given the green light to the building of the state-of-the-art facility.’
      • ‘This joint venture has since been given the green light by both Chinese regulators and the US courts.’
      • ‘The environmental benefits of telecommuting are pretty apparent, but business leaders no doubt want to be sure that giving employees the green light to telecommute yields bottom-line benefits.’
      • ‘Once the project is given the green light it will take one to two years to complete.’
      • ‘A housing association has finally got the green light for an imaginative project for key workers.’
      • ‘Residents are set to benefit now plans for a £25 million health centre have been given the green light.’
      • ‘However, the Department of Agriculture has given the green light for the event.’
      • ‘Just 400 replied, but the school chiefs said it still gives them the green light to go ahead with the plans.’
      • ‘They could feel that the Parliament has given them a green light to proceed further in that direction.’
      • ‘A string of community projects has been given the green light by residents in the Westfield and Foxwood areas of York.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Mines and Energy has given the green light for the project to go ahead.’
      • ‘Plans to turn the town centre into a no-drinking zone are expected to be given the green light by councillors tomorrow.’
      • ‘A block of eight apartments has also been given the green light by planners.’
      • ‘But it gave the city the green light to start setting up the system - without collecting tolls just yet - while a state commission decides if there's a better traffic-busting idea out there.’
      • ‘Nasa on Monday gave the final green light to a space shuttle launch planned for Wednesday, an event the US space agency hopes will help the public forget recent stories of drunk and lovesick astronauts.’
      • ‘Planners have advised councillors to give the ambitious project the green light.’
      • ‘If the plans are given the green light, work could start as early in 2008 with the road open two years later.’
      authorization, permission, approval, assent, consent, sanction
      authorize, give permission for, permit, sanction, allow, agree to, approve, give one's assent to, give one's consent to, consent to, assent to, accede to, countenance
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verb

[with object]North American
  • Give permission to go ahead with (a project, especially a movie).

    • ‘The government's decision to green-light the building of an independent terminal at Dublin Airport is a welcome move for Ryanair but Goodbody does not expect the move to impact its forecasts for the next few years.’
    • ‘‘I'd say the time lapse between us reading the script and green-lighting the movie was 45 seconds,’ she joked.’
    • ‘And although there are no African Americans in network television who can single-handedly green-light a show, there are only about five people in the whole of network television who can.’
    • ‘RTE green-lighted the project, including a week on location in Portugal, as soon as Carney submitted six scripts.’
    • ‘She happily green-lighted zoning changes to allow a few small cottages to be demolished and replaced by impressive mansions.’
    • ‘Passi said that if the bill was approved by the senate, the act will green-light the provision of more than $10 million in military assistance that Bulgaria had been expecting.’
    • ‘These days, Hollywood only likes to green-light projects they feel stand a good chance of making $20 million on opening weekend.’
    • ‘In Miami, city officials have green-lighted the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of the Americas for the weekend of April 5-7 - the city's first race in six years.’
    • ‘The ‘James Bond’ star tells a New Zealand newspaper that he's fed up with the gap between people who know how to make movies and the people who green-light them.’
    • ‘The UK government has green-lighted the first licenced GM Maize crop.’
    • ‘His position as a senior executive of the company ensured that ideas could be green-lighted immediately.’
    • ‘MTV has already green-lighted two of the projects, Clone High and Time Boys, which will be produced by MTV Animation in conjunction with MTV development.’
    • ‘Later the same day, he upped the ante by green-lighting a tv campaign.’
    • ‘The commission identified the key points that need to be addressed before it can green-light the project.’
    • ‘They are hoping that changing circumstances will persuade local authorities to reassess their reluctance to green-light road safety investment in Myshall.’
    • ‘They voted, with only one ‘nay’ among 21 members, to green-light the suspended trials.’
    • ‘Some studios are even toying with the idea of making full-length virtual films to test on audiences before green-lighting them.’
    • ‘The news that Warner Bros has green-lighted the long-gestating Batman Vs Superman makes us happy.’
    • ‘Faster than you can say ‘look closer,’ studio cohead Spielberg green-lighted the $15-million budget.’
    • ‘It won't be easy for Chase to find a network to green-light the project.’

Pronunciation

green light

/ˈɡrin ˈˌlaɪt/