|1.||[ verb ] give sanction to|
|Synonyms:||approve o.k. okay ok|
"I approve of his educational policies"
|Related terms:||disapprove authorize back confirm visa blessing OK approver approbation|
|2.||[ noun ] formal and explicit approval|
|Synonyms:||imprimatur countenance indorsement warrant endorsement|
"a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
|Related terms:||approval OK visa nihil_obstat approve certify|
|3.||[ noun ] (sociology) a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards|
|4.||[ verb ] give authority or permission to|
|Related terms:||authorize empower|
|5.||[ verb ] give religious sanction to, such as through on oath|
"sanctify the marriage"
|6.||[ noun ] official permission or approval|
|Synonyms:||authority authorisation authorization|
"authority for the program was renewed several times"
|Related terms:||permission grant|
|7.||[ noun ] the act of final authorization|
"it had the sanction of the church"
|Related terms:||authorization name nihil_obstat benefit_of_clergy|