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


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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Recent Examples on the Web

Plans must go before the planning commission, followed by the city council for approval. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "West St. Paul could get a brew pub, bank on ‘blighted’ South Robert Street corner," 10 July 2019 Prosecutors said Super Fecta was never submitted to the FDA for approval and is considered unsafe. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Pharmacy owner whose drugs led to doped racehorses admits to peddling unsafe equine drugs," 5 July 2019 The plan, more than a year in the making, still must withstand further review before going before the L.A. City Council for approval next year. Gale Holland,, "More housing for skid row — but not enough for those in need, advocates say," 3 July 2019 Nirenberg is looking to finalize a mass transit plan and bring it to voters for approval next term. Dylan Mcguinness,, "Mayor Nirenberg names committees for new San Antonio City Council," 3 July 2019 If the council votes to move forward with an early intervention system, city officials will solicit bids and bring back options for the council's final approval. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "Phoenix council will consider police reforms Tuesday following viral arrest," 1 July 2019 The Liberty and Nanushuk projects have federal approval and ConocoPhillips is currently in the process of permitting Willow with a final environmental impact statement scheduled to be issued in 2020. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska North Slope oil production is about to be at its lowest fiscal-year level since pipeline startup," 28 June 2019 Turner said the council's vote means the developer will now enter the design stage before going to the town's planning commission for final design approval. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "Avon Town Council approves contentious development proposal," 28 June 2019 Users can have different profiles for different groups, while people will be able to create and join group chats based on specific interests and with admin features for member approval. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Line announces social credit scores, a Google Duplex competitor, and much more," 27 June 2019

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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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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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