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Definition of sanction:

  1. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
  2. Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to it; confirmation; approbation.
  3. To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.

Synonyms:

embolden, aid, approve, embargo, indorsement, secondment, stock-purchase warrant, ban, okay, phiz, punishment, law, sentence, confidence, agency, blurb, support, authority, instigate, mandate, endorsement, guarantee, office, mug, writ, sureness, self-assurance, uphold, smiler, warrant, self-confidence, assist, interdiction, countenance, command, visage, kisser, warrantee, federal agency, injunction, government agency, o.k., promote, dominance, second, stock warrant, abet, authorisation, incite, leave, potency, interdict, physiognomy, bureau, authorization, reward, say-so, penalty, encourage, decree, advocate, imprimatur.

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