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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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 Polls swung to majority approval for joining NATO after the invasion of Ukraine. Peter Weber, The Week, 11 May 2022 The 2012 approval for construction in Georgia was the first new nuclear plant approved in over 30 years. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 11 May 2022 The watch will be the first product to test a privacy pledge that Google made to gain regulatory approval for its Fitbit takeover 16 months ago. Michael Liedtke,, 11 May 2022 Officials had hoped to win approval for the sanctions package last week. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 9 May 2022 Sandy Ranch intends to seek approval for the deal through congressional action rather than administrative procedures with the BLM. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 If the company does not, the city cannot recover the $28 million still credited to the company but can withhold approval for other projects within the development, which is anticipated to be completed in 30 years. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Before long, resistance had calcified, and many of the towns that initially voiced approval for the project began fighting it. New York Times, 6 May 2022 Boeing’s relationship with the federal government, reliant on Pentagon contracts and Federal Aviation Administration approval for its civilian jets. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Approval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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