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.
- approved school,
- approved social worker,
Origin of approve
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|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Administration lawyers also approved the "enhanced interrogation techniques" and said they were legally permissible.
The tub used in the birth was not approved for medical use and is difficult to disinfect.
The CIA proposed new methods to the Justice Department, which were approved.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me|Kimberly Dozier|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He approved Hallock's order Number Three excluding fugitives from the lines.The Abolitionists|John F. Hume
The counsel was singular; but it is still more singular that it should have been approved by the example of the author.Memoirs of My Life and Writings|Edward Gibbon
The two most approved sources of wealth were the ownership of immense estates and the ownership of productive mines.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2)|Justin H. Smith
Max, according to her ideas, should be praised, and approved of at all times.Princess Polly At Play|Amy Brooks
The willingness of the persons was liked, but the thing itself, in regard of the danger, was rather permitted than approved.
Word Origin for approve
Word Origin 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.