the act of final authorization
"it had the sanction of the church"
official permission or approval
"authority for the program was renewed several times"
a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
formal and explicit approval
"a Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement"
give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
"sanctify the marriage"
give authority or permission to
give sanction to
"I approve of his educational policies"