ap·​pro·​bate ˈa-prə-ˌbāt How to pronounce approbate (audio)
approbated; approbating

Examples of approbate in a Sentence

Congress must approbate the President's nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Word History


Middle English, from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare — more at approve

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of approbate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Approbate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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