- 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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Related Wordsrecognized, sanctioned, authorized, backed, accepted, permitted, ratified, passed, allowed, chosen, validated, affirmed, proven, certain
Examples from the Web for approved
Ronald Reagan approved the agreement and the USTR reviewed Korean practices through the end of his term.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea
December 30, 2014
A version was approved for airline use in 2007—but no airline has adopted it.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
Administration lawyers also approved the "enhanced interrogation techniques" and said they were legally permissible.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
The tub used in the birth was not approved for medical use and is difficult to disinfect.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
December 12, 2014
The CIA proposed new methods to the Justice Department, which were approved.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me
December 11, 2014
But she had allotted their rooms well, and they approved her judgment.Weighed and Wanting
He felt that modern methods and the best usage might not have approved of the bag.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Even the outfit of the boarders must be approved by the same authority.In the Heart of Vosges
He approved deeply the delicacy with which she ignored that last wild interview.The Incomplete Amorist
How thoroughly I approved at that moment of the revolvers and the knives hidden in the belts.My Double Life
- (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 approved
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.