- to speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably: to approve the policies of the administration.
- to consent or agree to: Father approved our plan to visit Chicago.
- to confirm or sanction formally; ratify: The Senate promptly approved the bill.
- to demonstrate; show.
- to make good; attest.
- to prove by trial.
- to convict.
- to speak or consider favorably (sometimes followed by of): Mother didn't approve of him. The boss wouldn't approve of the plan. He said that he approved.
Origin of approve
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Examples from the Web for approve
The problem was that the FDA refused to approve any new ingredients for use in sunscreen, year after year.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
“The Commission did not instruct Mr. Wright to approve inaccurate wellbore completion reports,” according to the letter.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.
David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News
December 9, 2014
When obeyed uncritically, it produces sentences like this: The board voted immediately to approve the casino.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With
November 3, 2014
Earlier this month, the House of Commons voted to approve an anti-ISIS air combat role for Canada.Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence
October 22, 2014
You weren't too busy to go to Ferguson, Missouri…I'm Kamal Bakari and I approve this message.Cliven Bundy’s Brokeback Mountain Moment
October 19, 2014
The hospital did not approve of engagements between nurses and the staff.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I don't suppose it makes any difference whether I approve or not.In the Midst of Alarms
Folks pretend to approve of 'em and all the while they're laughing at 'em up their sleeves.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I have written an answer to his letter; will you look at it, and tell me if you approve of it?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
"Mademoiselle, I see, does not approve of such bourgeois diversions," said he.Night and Morning, Complete
- (when intr, often foll by of) to consider fair, good, or right; commend (a person or thing)
- (tr) to authorize or sanction
- (tr) obsolete to demonstrate or prove by trial
- (tr) law to improve or increase the value of (waste or common land), as by enclosure
Word Origin and History for approve
c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).
The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.