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English definition of “sanction”

sanction

verb [T]     /ˈsæŋk.ʃən/
to formally give permission for something: The government was reluctant to sanction intervention in the crisis.Accepting and agreeingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyApproving and approval
(Definition of sanction verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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