ap·​prov·​al ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce approval (audio)
: an act or instance of approving something : approbation
The change is subject to the committee's approval.
on approval
: subject to a prospective buyer's acceptance or refusal
stamps sent to collectors on approval

Examples of approval in a Sentence

children who never gained their parents' approval Do I have your approval to make the changes? The rally will be on May 19, provided the city gives its approval. The government has so far withheld approval of the drug. We were required to get approvals at each stage of the project.
Recent Examples on the Web Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, New Orleans had to seek approval from the Justice Department and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Venezuela is nearing approval of a license for Shell and the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago to build an offshore natural gas field and export its production to the Caribbean country, sources tell Reuters. Breanne Deppisch, Washington Examiner, 20 Nov. 2023 The company announced the new name on Nov. 8 following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug for weight loss as well. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 20 Nov. 2023 Such decisions are not final without the district attorney’s approval. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov. 2023 That is the lowest President Biden has ever measured in our poll, in terms of job approval. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 19 Nov. 2023 Novo Nordisk has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand its approval of semaglutide to include cardiovascular uses. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, 17 Nov. 2023 For now, Amazon Prime members also receive a $200 gift card that’s linked to your Amazon account on approval—another way to get a leg up on holiday shopping. Martha C. White,, 17 Nov. 2023 In May 2022, the head of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration wrote to U.S. Representative Madeleine Dean, a Pennsylvania Democrat, that FDA approval of psilocybin to treat depression was likely within the next two years. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see approve

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of approval was in 1613

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“Approval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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ap·​prov·​al ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce approval (audio)
: an act or instance of approving

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