pre·​ap·​prove ˌprē-ə-ˈprüv How to pronounce preapprove (audio)
variants or pre-approve
preapproved or pre-approved; preapproving or pre-approving

transitive verb

: to approve (something or someone) in advance
The bank preapproved the loan.
We were preapproved for the loan.
preapproval noun
or pre-approval
plural preapprovals or pre-approvals
mortgage preapprovals
the preapproval process

Examples of preapprove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others bemoaned having to fight with insurers about whether a person with a serious illness would be preapproved for medication. Eyal Press, New York Times, 15 June 2023 The agent gave me contact information for a mortgage banker to get preapproved for a loan. Sydney Bean, New York Times, 10 June 2023 To speed up the permitting process, the company has gotten its designs preapproved by a number of California cities, including Los Angeles, said Anne Brask, director of Abodu’s planning team. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023 The Democrats, however, could rely on the Justice Department, which had to preapprove the plan, to prevent gross abuses. Marilyn W. Thompson, ProPublica, 5 May 2023 There are several good reasons to get preapproved for a car loan. Elizabeth Rivelli, Car and Driver, 27 Mar. 2023 Powell said when they got preapproved for a loan in February, interest rates had dropped slightly. oregonlive, 13 Apr. 2023 Some local governments, including the City of Los Angeles, have preapproved standard ADU designs. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Advertisers need to be preapproved by Twitter and can only target users in locations where they’re licensed to promote cannabis products and services. Mia Sato, The Verge, 15 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preapprove was in 1654

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Cite this Entry

“Preapprove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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