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sanction in Government topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsanctionsanc‧tion1 /ˈsæŋkʃən/ ●○○ noun  1 sanctions2 [uncountable] formalPGLET/ALLOW official permission, approval, or acceptance syn approval Apparently, the aide had acted without White House sanction.3 [countable] formalSCC a form of punishment that can be used if someone disobeys a rule or law syn punishment the harshest possible sanction which could be imposedCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + sanctions economic/trade sanctionsThe United Nations is considering new economic sanctions.international sanctionsInternational sanctions were imposed on Iraq after it invaded Kuwait in 1990.tough/strict sanctions (=severe)Due to strict sanctions, the country is unable to import the medicines it needs.verbsimpose sanctions (=start using them)The US imposed economic sanctions on Panama.lift sanctions (=stop using them)Washington has since refused to lift sanctions.ease sanctions (=make them less strict)The last administration decided to ease sanctions against Cuba.enforce sanctions (=make sure they are obeyed)The UN will have the job of enforcing the sanctions.break/violate sanctions (=send something to another country when this is not allowed)Several companies broke trade sanctions by continuing to export weapons to the country.
Examples from the Corpus
sanctionThis confidence was given a democratic sanction in the referendum of 28 September 1958.He acted without religious or government sanction.Polanyi would propose a world environment organisation with the right to impose sanctions on countries that refuse to cut emissions.Like informal sanctions, formal sanctions may be positive or negative.Harrassment of ethnic or religious minorities would result in various international sanctions.Mijic said his paper is facing an inner wall of sanctions, however.Such sanctions are likely to make the child angry.Britain said it was ready to lift the sanctions at once.When I was there they were desperate for one and anxious that the sanctions should be lifted.