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

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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.

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