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/ əˈpruv /
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verb (used with object), ap·proved, ap·prov·ing.

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.
  1. to demonstrate; show.
  2. to make good; attest.
  3. to prove by trial.
  4. to convict.

verb (used without object), ap·proved, ap·prov·ing.

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.



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Origin of approve

1300–50; Middle English a(p)proven<Anglo-French, Old French aprover<Latin approbāre, equivalent to ap-ap-1 + probāre to prove
1. Approve, commend, praise mean to have, and usually to express, a favorable opinion. To approve is to have a very good opinion, expressed or not, of someone or something: He approved the new plan. To commend is to speak or write approvingly, often formally and publicly, to congratulate or honor for something done: to commend a worker for a job well done. To praise is to speak or write, often in glowing and emotional terms, about one or more persons, actions, plans, etc.: to praise someone's courage.
approve , endorse
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British Dictionary definitions for approve (1 of 2)

/ (əˈpruːv) /


(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
approvingly, adverb
C14: from Old French aprover, from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test, prove

British Dictionary definitions for approve (2 of 2)

/ (əˈpruːv) /


(tr) law to improve or increase the value of (waste or common land), as by enclosure
C15: from Old French approuer to turn to advantage, from prou advantage
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