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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Recent Examples on the Web

The agency's approval process for Boeing's aircraft has been criticized as lax, and members of the agency were recently grilled during a Senate hearing over that very same matter. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing's Safety Procedures But Couldn't Prevent Crash," 3 Apr. 2019 City lawyers said Protect Our Parks misread the law, misrepresented how the approval process played out and exaggerated potential environmental disruptions. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago," 19 Feb. 2019 As far back as 2008, she was tipped to be the next Democratic star, thanks to her high approval ratings with vastly different groups of Democrats. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Everybody Running for President in 2020," 18 Jan. 2019 The farthest along is voretigene neparvovec (or Luxturna), which received regulatory approval from the FDA in December 2017. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 Perhaps discussions of raising Congressional pay to cover increased housing costs is a non-starter, especially with the dismal public approval ratings for Congress. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 According to the ProPublica investigation, MTM never received approval to have an Ebola care facility. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "How the “white-savior industrial complex” failed Liberia’s girls," 24 Oct. 2018 The project began when workers started tearing away the old mall's brick and concrete — which was broken in many areas — as soon as the contract for the work received City Council approval in April. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "With Water Street Mall work finished, Aurora looks to renovate Mundy Park," 12 July 2018 The cable company’s previous offer for Sky was about $30 billion and had already received approval from the British government. New York Times, "Comcast and Fox Engage in Bidding War for Control of Sky," 11 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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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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