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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The world’s first Covid-19 human challenge study will begin in the U.K. within a month, following approval from the U.K.’s clinical trials ethics body, The Guardian writes. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: First Covid-19 human challenge study to begin; vaccine firm executives profit from insider stock sales," 17 Feb. 2021 The fish, dubbed Frankenfish by opponents, is the first animal to get approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is manmade from an Atlantic salmon with genes spliced from Chinook and an eel-like ocean pout. Anchorage Daily News, "CDC requires commercial fishing crews to be masked at all times in U.S. waters," 16 Feb. 2021 An agreement intended to improve conditions for children in Arizona's child-welfare system won final approval from a federal judge on Friday, capping a six-year legal battle. Arizona Republic, "Foster-care deal wins court OK, setting a new path for children, but critics remain skeptical," 13 Feb. 2021 The DeWine administration’s budget plan is just a proposal, requiring approval from state legislators, and is expected to be amended in the coming weeks and months. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine’s transportation budget includes millions in cuts for public transit," 11 Feb. 2021 Palladium USA recently got approval from Dallas’ City Council for another 270-unit at 3380 Simpson Stuart Road north of Interstate 20. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New seniors apartment community set for Garland," 10 Feb. 2021 Wheeler’s legislation requires approval from the Jefferson County legislative delegation only. al, "State lawmakers want to change the way Alabama handles future lockdowns," 7 Feb. 2021 The construction will commence upon formal approval from the Development Standards Committee of The Woodlands Township. Meagan Ellsworth, Chron, "Groundbreaking ceremony blesses 'Our Lady of the Angels' chapel," 6 Feb. 2021 Passengers claiming a medical exemption will have to get approval from American ahead of travel and show proof of a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of flying. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2021," 6 Feb. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Approval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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