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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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