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accredit, approve, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant
decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto
15th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare — more at approve
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a servile follower or underling
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Conjugating an irregular verb
It relates to godfathers.
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