Definition of approve
1 : to have or express a favorable opinion of couldn't approve such conduct
: to take a favorable view doesn't approve of fighting
Examples of approve in a Sentence
I don't care if all the other parents are letting their kids do it; I still don't approve.
The state has approved the building plans, so work on the new school can begin immediately.
Your supervisor must approve the report before it can be sent.
Recent Examples of approve from the Web
The Worker’s Party scheduled a series of protests against Silva and the unpopular reform of labor laws approved last week by President Michel Temer.
That change will happen once the Federal Communications Commission approves the sale, something NKU officials expect to happen in August or September.
However, the spokeswoman said Hickey's findings and the governor's response cannot be made public until they have been approved by the state's Executive Ethics Commission, which is scheduled to meet behind closed doors on July 26.
Then, on Wednesday, word broke that the Trump White House itself would intervene to get the visas approved.
If approved, a new ordinance will enable county officials to cite and fine property owners for standing water, including in bromeliads.
Hill and colleagues treated 48 transplant patients with tocilizumab, a monoclonal antibody approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis that blocks the IL-6 receptor on cell surfaces.
Committees in both the House and Senate have already approved the user fees.
The permit (applied for by production company Bright Road Productions) that was approved allowed them to film on the boardwalk and the beach area, city officials told the APP.
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Synonym Discussion of approve
APPROVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of approve for English Language Learners
: to believe that something or someone is good or acceptable
: to officially accept (an idea, action, plan, etc.)
APPROVE Defined for Kids
Definition of approve for Students
1 : to think of as good I don't approve of the way those children behave.
2 : to accept as satisfactory The school committee approved the new curriculum.
Legal Definition of approve
: to give formal or official sanction to : ratify Congress approved the proposed budget
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