approve

verb
ap·prove | \ə-ˈprüv \
approved; approving

Definition of approve 

transitive verb

1 : to have or express a favorable opinion of couldn't approve such conduct

2a : to accept as satisfactory hopes she will approve the date of the meeting

b : to give formal or official sanction (see sanction entry 1 sense 4c) to : ratify Congress approved the proposed budget.

3 obsolete : prove, attest

intransitive verb

: to take a favorable view doesn't approve of fighting

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Choose the Right Synonym for approve

approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration. the parents approve of the marriage endorse suggests an explicit statement of support. publicly endorsed her for Senator sanction implies both approval and authorization. the President sanctioned covert operations accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards. the board voted to accredit the college must be certified to teach

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.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority has convinced state lawmakers to include $100 million in an economic development bill that could be approved by the House of Representatives as soon as Tuesday. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 13 July 2018 The plan is expected to be approved by the Metro board at its meeting on Thursday. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro will seek to sell downtown D.C. headquarters," 12 July 2018 To the outsider, there wasn’t real rock and roll in Russia: Everything had to go through the state or had to be approved by sensors and the KGB. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Ludovico: The piano’s quiet rock star talks about his first Houston concert," 11 July 2018 The applicant will have to be approved by the full library board. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest: Dueling Pianos to perform in East Dundee, Purple Heart Day barbecue set for Aug. 4, Fox River library board candidates sought, more," 6 July 2018 The new version of the bill still needs to be approved by both houses of the California Legislature, and signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Klint Finley, WIRED, "New California Bill Restores Strong Net Neutrality Protections," 5 July 2018 The bills have until August 31st to be approved by the legislature. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "A revamped California net neutrality bill is moving forward again," 5 July 2018 School start and end times are laid out in the teachers’ and staff union contract, and any changes must be approved by the union. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "East Aurora union contract expires with no replacement on the table," 3 July 2018 The house, therefore, must meet certain design requirements and all renovations must be approved by the village and maintain the original architectural features and style. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Orland Park's 'first and oldest' home is on the market," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of approve

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for approve

Middle English, from Anglo-French apruer, approver, from Latin approbare, from ad- + probare to prove — more at prove

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More Definitions for approve

approve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of approve

: to believe that something or someone is good or acceptable

: to officially accept (an idea, action, plan, etc.)

approve

verb
ap·prove | \ə-ˈprüv \
approved; approving

Kids Definition of approve

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.

approve

transitive verb
ap·prove
approved; approving

Legal Definition of approve 

: to give formal or official sanction to : ratify Congress approved the proposed budget

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