Focus on the pronunciation of sanction
/ˈsæŋkʃən/ verb [T]
› to formally give permission for something: sanction a bid/deal The directors would only sanction an €18 million bid. The government has sanctioned 20% income tax relief .
› LAW to punish someone for not obeying a law or rule: sanction sb for (doing) sth The state is threatening to sanction employers for hiring illegal workers.