approval

noun
ap·​prov·​al | \ ə-ˈprü-vəl \

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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Without such approvals, the world’s largest videogames company by revenue, can’t make money from new products inside China. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Tencent Still Isn’t Feeling the Love From Beijing," 22 Jan. 2019 According to Bloomberg, Samsung might still not ready to fully show off its folding phone, with vertical and landscape prototypes both in the running for final approval. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Unless Samsung is trolling us, a folding Galaxy phone is finally coming this week," 5 Nov. 2018 Prior to the approval, activity at the plant consisted mostly of preparing the facility for FDA inspection, as well as hiring and training new employees. Hannah Lang, charlotteobserver, "After investing $100 million in NC, company finally gets OK to make new drug in the US," 3 July 2018 Following the City Council’s approval, the library board held a special meeting Monday to award the construction contract to K.M. Holly Construction of Tinley Park. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "City to help Park Ridge Library cover cost of new building columns," 3 July 2018 Malaysia’s constitution allocates some 5 million ringgit ($1.21 million) a year for the expenses of the king and his household, including palace maintenance, although the sum can be increased with cabinet approval. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 Pattie's warm and public approval of Hailey is just the latest mini-milestone in the newly married couple's love timeline. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber's Mom Pose for the Cutest Selfie," 16 Jan. 2019 SpaceX successfully launched the first two test satellites this year and received unprecedented approval from the Federal Communications Commission to launch the entire fleet in the years ahead. Loren Grush, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: SpaceX," 29 Dec. 2018 Trump’s approval was stuck in the 30s among those voters, and his disapproval hit the high 50s. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of approval

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

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