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"sanction" in American English

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sanctionnoun

us   /ˈsæŋk·ʃən/
  • sanction noun (APPROVAL)

[U] fml approval or permission: To be just, a government must have the sanction of the governed. Note: usually describes formal or legal approval
  • sanction noun (PUNISHMENT)

[C usually pl] an official action taken against a government to force it to behave in a particular way or as punishment for not doing so: trade/economic sanctions

sanctionverb [T]

us   /ˈsæŋk·ʃən/
  • sanction verb [T] (PERMIT)

to formally permit something: The UN sanctioned intervention in the crisis.
(Definition of sanction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sanction" in British English

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sanctionnoun

uk   /ˈsæŋk.ʃən/ us   /ˈsæŋk.ʃən/
  • sanction noun (ORDER)

[C usually plural] an official order, such as the stopping of trade, that is taken against a country in order to make it obey international law: Many nations have imposed sanctions on the country because of its attacks on its own people. Trade/economic sanctions will only be lifted (= stopped) when the aggressor nation withdraws its troops.
C2 [C] a strong action taken in order to make people obey a law or rule, or a punishment given when they do not obey: Without realistic sanctions, some teachers have difficulty keeping order in the classroom.

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sanctionverb [T]

uk   /ˈsæŋk.ʃən/ us   /ˈsæŋk.ʃən/
to formally give permission for something: The government was reluctant to sanction intervention in the crisis.
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"sanction" in Business English

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sanctionnoun

uk   /ˈsæŋkʃən/ us  
[C, usually plural] POLITICS an official order to stop or limit trade or communication with a country in order to make it obey international law: sanctions on sth This averted the threat of American sanctions on Japanese car exports.impose sanctions against/on sb The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on the country to curb its nuclear program. economic/financial/trade sanctions drop/ease/lift sanctions apply/enforce sanctions international sanctions
[C] LAW a punishment given when someone does not obey a rule or a law: criminal/legal sanctions The State Department needs to determine how it will apply sanctions. He could face sanctions if a judge concludes he violated the terms of his probation.
[U] LAW formal or legal approval or permission: sanction for sth Agricultural companies in the area cannot get official sanction for logging.

sanctionverb [T]

uk   /ˈsæŋkʃən/ us  
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.
(Definition of sanction from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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