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
Related terms: social_control
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"

Related terms: approve
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
Synonyms: authority

"it had the sanction of the church"

Related terms: authorization name nihil_obstat benefit_of_clergy
Similar spelling:   sanctioned