approval

noun
ap·​prov·​al | \ ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce approval (audio) \

Definition of approval

: 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for approval

Synonyms

approbation, blessing, favor, imprimatur, OK (or okay)

Antonyms

disapprobation, disapproval, disfavor

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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.
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In November 2018, an NLRB judge ordered the hospital to rescind its restrictive policy forbidding employees from contacting the media without approval. Frank D. Lomonte For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Whistleblowers' rights could be at risk under Trump's new labor board," 12 June 2019 Washington has put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. firms from selling to the company without government approval. Washington Post, "The Latest: China mum on plan for Japan meeting with Trump," 11 June 2019 Washington has put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. firms from selling to the company without government approval. Fox News, "China telecom giant Huawei hints US pressure hurting sales," 11 June 2019 Defense lawyers argued for the case to be dismissed after discovering prosecutors secretly tracked their emails without court approval. CBS News, "Judge refuses to drop war crimes case against Navy SEAL," 7 June 2019 In May America’s Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei, a Chinese technology titan, and 70 of its affiliates, barring American firms from selling them certain technologies without government approval. The Economist, "The technology industry is rife with bottlenecks," 6 June 2019 This is probably correct, given his consistently low approval ratings and the likelihood of an economic slowdown in the next eighteen months—but Trump’s defeat is far from a sure thing. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "If Trump Belongs in Jail, Democrats Should Impeach Him," 6 June 2019 The Tower of London was playfully illuminated with a projection of his low approval ratings compared to those of President Obama. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Spooky Symmetry of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump," 6 June 2019 The administration has also placed Chinese telecom giant Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. companies from supplying it with computer chips, software and other components without government approval. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of approval

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for approval

see approve

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The first known use of approval was in 1613

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approval

noun

English Language Learners Definition of approval

: the belief that something or someone is good or acceptable : a good opinion of someone or something
: permission to do something : acceptance of an idea, action, plan, etc.

approval

noun
ap·​prov·​al | \ ə-ˈprü-vəl How to pronounce approval (audio) \

Kids Definition of approval

1 : the belief that something is good or acceptable
2 : permission to do something

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