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.
Origin and Etymology of approve
Middle English, from Anglo-French apruer, approver, from Latin approbare, from ad- + probare to prove — more at prove
First Known Use: 14th century
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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