Simple Definition of approve
: to believe that something or someone is good or acceptable
: to officially accept (an idea, action, plan, etc.)
Full Definition of approve
2 : to have or express a favorable opinion of <couldn't approve such conduct>
3 a : to accept as satisfactory <hopes she will approve the date of the meeting> b : to give formal or official sanction to : ratify <Congress approved the proposed budget>
: to take a favorable view <doesn't approve of fighting>
Examples of approve
I don't care if all the other parents are letting their kids do it; I still don't approve.
The state has approved the building plans, so work on the new school can begin immediately.
Your supervisor must approve the report before it can be sent.
Origin of approve
Middle English, from Anglo-French apruer, approver, from Latin approbare, from ad- + probare to prove — more at prove
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of approve
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