verb (used with object), ap·proved, ap·prov·ing.
- to demonstrate; show.
- to make good; attest.
- to prove by trial.
- to convict.
verb (used without object), ap·proved, ap·prov·ing.
Origin of approve
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|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|DAILY BEAST
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|Nick Romeo|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier this month, the House of Commons voted to approve an anti-ISIS air combat role for Canada.
You weren't too busy to go to Ferguson, Missouri…I'm Kamal Bakari and I approve this message.
We have seen him very often, and I have seen nothing in him that I could not approve.Indian Summer|William D. Howells
Presently some sentiment is expressed which you do not approve, and you put forth an impulse of will-power in protest.Beyond|Henry Seward Hubbard
People now know that I exist, and that I have a purpose, and any talent that I display, they are ready to approve and to accept.Letters of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy from Italy and Switzerland|Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Other parts of the letter seemed to have a challenging tone—as if daring them (the Fynes) to approve her conduct.Chance|Joseph Conrad
But I do not think that this clever man finds many to approve of his idea.The Phantom World|Augustin Calmet
British Dictionary definitions for approve (1 of 2)
Word Origin for approve
British Dictionary definitions for approve (2 of 2)
Word Origin for approve
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.