[ ap-ruh-beyt ]
/ ˈæp rəˌbeɪt /

verb (used with object), ap·pro·bat·ed, ap·pro·bat·ing.

to approve officially.

Origin of approbate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin approbātus approved (past participle of approbāre), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + probātus proved; see probate

Related forms

ap·pro·ba·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for approbate

  • 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


/ (ˈæprəˌbeɪt) /

verb (tr)

Scots law to accept as valid
approbate and reprobate Scots law to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one's interests
mainly US to sanction officially

Word Origin for approbate

C15: from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test
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