- 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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Examples from the Web for unapproved
At Pensacola Christian College, students are banned from watching any television or unapproved movies.‘Survivor’ Bloggers Join Forces to Reveal Christian Fundamentalist Abuses
March 23, 2014
He was recorded saying that Xyrem could be used on patients under age 16, unapproved by the FDA.Giving Medicine a Dose of Free Speech
December 10, 2012
Schlegel also predicted there would be more arrests and beatings at unapproved protests.Anger Over Elections Fuels More Russian Protest Plans
December 8, 2011
Already the Government, not unapproved, carries letters and parcels for us.Arrows of the Chace, v. 2
The flagellants were a phenomenon of seething, popular passion, outside of the church and unapproved by its authority.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
We look about our houses and find that which we bought last month unapproved by the current style.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
- not having been given approval or sanction
- (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 unapproved
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.