Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

approve

play
verb ap·prove \ə-ˈprüv\

Simple Definition of approve

  • : to believe that something or someone is good or acceptable

  • : to officially accept (an idea, action, plan, etc.)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of approve

approved

approving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  prove, attest

  3. 2 :  to have or express a favorable opinion of <couldn't approve such conduct>

  4. 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>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take a favorable view <doesn't approve of fighting>

approvingly

play \-ˈprü-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of approve in a sentence

  1. I don't care if all the other parents are letting their kids do it; I still don't approve.

  2. The state has approved the building plans, so work on the new school can begin immediately.

  3. Your supervisor must approve the report before it can be sent.



Origin and Etymology 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

approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration <the parents approve of the marriage>. endorse suggests an explicit statement of support <publicly endorsed her for Senator>. sanction implies both approval and authorization <the President sanctioned covert operations>. accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards <the board voted to accredit the college> <must be certified to teach>.

APPROVE Defined for Kids

approve

play
verb ap·prove \ə-ˈprüv\

Definition of approve for Students

approved

approving

  1. 1 :  to think of as good <I don't approve of the way those children behave.>

  2. 2 :  to accept as satisfactory <The school committee approved the new curriculum.>




Law Dictionary

approve

transitive verb ap·prove

Legal Definition of approve

approved

approving

  1. :  to give formal or official sanction to :  ratify <Congress approved the proposed budget>





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up approve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

at a gallop

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

accomodate accommodate acommodate acommadate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ