[ ap-ruh-beyt ]
/ ˈæp rəˌbeɪt /

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

to approve officially.

Nearby words

  1. appro,
  2. approach,
  3. approach light,
  4. approach shot,
  5. approachable,
  6. approbation,
  7. approbative,
  8. appropre,
  9. appropriable,
  10. appropriacy

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 formsap·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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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