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[ap-ruh-beyt] /ˈæp rəˌbeɪt/
verb (used with object), approbated, approbating.
to approve officially.
Origin of approbate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin approbātus approved (past participle of approbāre), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + probātus proved; see probate
Related forms
approbator, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • We pick and choose, take and leave, approbate and reprobate in a breath.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • The Stadtholder was too wary a politician to approbate immediately so sweeping a proposal, and referred it to the States-General.

  • Among the adjectives similarly preserved are to whittle, to wilt and to approbate.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for approbate


verb (transitive)
(Scots law) to accept as valid
(Scots law) approbate and reprobate, to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one's interests
(mainly US) to sanction officially
Word Origin
C15: from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test
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Word Origin and History for approbate

late 15c., from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare "to assent to (as good), favor" (see approve). Related: Approbated; approbating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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