"sanctions" in the noun sense
1. sanction, countenance, endorsement, indorsement, warrant, imprimatur
formal and explicit approval
"a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
3. authority, authorization, authorisation, sanction
official permission or approval
"authority for the program was renewed several times"
the act of final authorization
"it had the sanction of the church"
"sanctions" in the verb sense
1. approve, O.K., okay, sanction
give sanction to
"I approve of his educational policies"
give authority or permission to
give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
"sanctify the marriage"
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