(noun, verb)


1. formal and explicit approval

Similar word(s): countenance, endorsement, imprimatur, indorsement, warrant

Definition categories: communication, approval, commendation

2. a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards

Definition categories: act

3. official permission or approval

Similar word(s): authority, authorization

Definition categories: attribute, permission

4. the act of final authorization

- it had the sanction of the church

Definition categories: act, authorization, empowerment


1. give sanction to

Similar word(s): approve, okay

Definition categories: communication, authorise, authorize, clear, pass

2. give authority or permission to

Definition categories: social, authorise, authorize, empower

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

- sanctify the marriage

Definition categories: communication, approve, okay, sanction