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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sanc·tion /ˈsæŋ(k)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sanc·tion n.
 1. Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to it; confirmation; approbation.
    The strictest professors of reason have added the sanction of their testimony.   --I. Watts.
 2. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
 Syn: -- Ratification; authorization; authority; countenance; support.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sanc·tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sanctioned p. pr. & vb. n. Sanctioning.] To give sanction to; to ratify; to confirm; to approve.
    Would have counseled, or even sanctioned, such perilous experiments.   --De Quincey.
 Syn: -- To ratify; confirm; authorize; countenance.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: formal and explicit approval; "a Democrat usually gets the
           union's endorsement" [syn: countenance, endorsement,
            indorsement, warrant, imprimatur]
      2: a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's
      3: official permission or approval; "authority for the program
         was renewed several times" [syn: authority, authorization,
      4: the act of final authorization; "it had the sanction of the
      v 1: give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"
           [syn: approve, O.K., okay] [ant: disapprove]
      2: give authority or permission to
      3: give religious sanction to, such as through on oath;
         "sanctify the marriage"