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.

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: subject to a prospective buyer's acceptance or refusal stamps sent to collectors on approval

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Synonyms & Antonyms for approval


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


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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The measure then directs the governor to ask the U.S. Congress for the ultimate approval — likely a tall order. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Cal 3' backer urges court to dismiss lawsuit opposing California break-up plan," 14 July 2018 After Wednesday’s final input meeting, the developers have one year to submit a development plan, which would then come before an administrative law judge for approval. Libby Solomon,, "Widespread support, a couple passionate detractors at Bosley Estates public meeting," 12 July 2018 The amendment, like all treaties, must be submitted by the president to the Senate for approval. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 From there, McNamara envisions the project being placed on the November 2020 ballot for voter approval under the provisions of Proposition FF. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "'Agritopia'-inspired development in works for StoneRidge?," 12 July 2018 Last year, for the fourth time, Nelson introduced legislation that would automatically authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to move forward on any Everglades-restoration project that is ready to begin, without waiting for congressional approval. David Smiley And Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other," 11 July 2018 The expectation from some analysts had been that Fox would wait for final U.K. approval before coming back with a higher bid, but with Prime Minister Theresa May’s government committing to release a decision on Thursday, Fox pulled the trigger. Bloomberg, Fortune, "The Stakes Just Got Higher in the 21st Century Fox v. Comcast Battle for Sky," 11 July 2018 The pending leases are up for approval this week by landlord Transbay Joint Powers Authority. Roland Li,, "Philz Coffee, gym could open in new SF transit center," 9 July 2018 The contract is up for approval next week after passing through the board’s public works and transportation committee. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: Lake County looks to rejuvenate pavement before wear-and-tear sets in," 6 July 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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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.


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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