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English noun: sanction

1. sanction (communication) formal and explicit approval


SamplesA Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement.


Synonymscountenance, endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, warrant


Broader (hypernym)approval, commendation


Narrower (hyponym)nihil obstat, O.K., OK, okay, okeh, okey, visa

2. sanction (act) a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards


Broader (hypernym)social control

3. sanction (attribute) official permission or approval


SamplesAuthority for the program was renewed several times.


Synonymsauthorisation, authority, authorization


Broader (hypernym)permission

4. sanction (act) the act of final authorization


SamplesIt had the sanction of the church.


Broader (hypernym)authorisation, authorization, empowerment


Narrower (hyponym)benefit of clergy, name, nihil obstat


English verb: sanction

1. sanction (communication) give sanction to


SamplesI approve of his educational policies.


Synonymsapprove, O.K., okay


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)authorise, authorize, clear, pass


Narrower (hyponym)back, confirm, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, sanction, support, visa


Antonymsdisapprove, reject

2. sanction (social) give authority or permission to


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)authorise, authorize, empower

3. sanction (communication) give religious sanction to, such as through on oath


SamplesSanctify the marriage.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)approve, O.K., okay, sanction









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