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Noun sanction has 4 senses
  1. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur - formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
    --1 is a kind of approval, commendation
    --1 has particulars:
     O.K., OK, okay, okey, okeh; visa; nihil obstat
    Derived forms: verb sanction2, verb sanction1
  2. sanction - a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
    --2 is a kind of
    social control
    Derived form: verb sanction3
  3. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction - official permission or approval; "authority for the program was renewed several times"
    --3 is a kind of permission
    Derived form: verb sanction2
  4. sanction - the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the church"
    --4 is a kind of
    authorization, authorisation, empowerment
    --4 has particulars: benefit of clergy; name; nihil obstat
    Derived form: verb sanction2
Verb sanction has 3 senses
  1. approve, O.K., okay, sanction - give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"
    --1 is one way to authorize, authorise, pass, clear
    Derived form: noun sanction1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s PP
  2. sanction - give authority or permission to
    --2 is one way to
    empower, authorise, authorize
    Derived forms: noun sanction4, noun sanction1, noun sanction3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  3. sanction - give religious sanction to, such as through on oath; "sanctify the marriage"
    --3 is one way to
    approve, O.K., okay, sanction
    Derived form: noun sanction2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something
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