- 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 Words for approvinglyfairly, generously, cordially, positively, approvingly, enthusiastically, agreeably, courteously, heartily, helpfully, willingly, amiably, graciously, receptively
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"That's the way to talk, darlint," said his mother, approvingly.Brave and Bold
"Good for you, Max; I can see you've got an idea," cried out Jim, approvingly.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
"Hear, hear," ironically from the Opposition, approvingly from the Treasury benches.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
"I quite believe you, my dear," said Mr. Byrne, approvingly.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
“My, but you are giving me a whole lot,” he said, watching her approvingly and encouragingly.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
- (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
Word Origin for approve
- (tr) law to improve or increase the value of (waste or common land), as by enclosure
Word Origin for approve
Word Origin and History for approvingly
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.