• To approve or give permission for an action, as when an international organization sanctions the use of particular economic policies.
  • A coercive measure used by a nation or group of nations against another as a penalty for violating international law or international norms. Usually plural: sanctions.


  • noun an official order to do something
  • noun punishment by a court for failure to comply with an order
  • noun a punishment for an act which goes against what is generally accepted behaviour
  • verb to approve or permit something officially


  • noun official permission to do something
  • verb to approve officially or to give official permission