Definition of sanction verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sanction

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋkʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋkʃn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sanction
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋkʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋkʃn//
     
    he / she / it sanctions
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋkʃnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋkʃnz//
     
    past simple sanctioned
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋkʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋkʃnd//
     
    past participle sanctioned
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋkʃnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋkʃnd//
     
    -ing form sanctioning
    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋkʃnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋkʃnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1sanction something (formal) to give permission for something to take place The government refused to sanction a further cut in interest rates.
  2. 2sanction somebody/something (specialist) to punish somebody/something; to impose a sanction (1) on something
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a noun denoting an ecclesiastical decree): from French, from Latin sanctio(n-), from sancire ‘ratify’. The verb dates from the late 18th cent.Extra examples He had tacitly sanctioned repression against the opposition parties. Slavery was once socially sanctioned. Shareholders are unlikely to sanction the scheme. The Congress sanctioned cuts in government spending. The military refused to sanction a transfer of power to a civilian government. The transaction has to be sanctioned by the court.
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