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approve

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of approve

  1. to give official acceptance of as satisfactory as soon as the pond project was approved, the bulldozers were at the site Synonyms of approve accredit, approbate, authorize, clear, confirm, finalize, formalize, homologate, OK (or okay), ratify, sanction, warrant Words Related to approve accept, acknowledge, affirm; certify, endorse (also indorse), validate; bless, canonize, sanctify; initial, rubber-stamp, sign, sign off (on); allow, enable, legalize, license (also licence), pass, permit; reapprove Near Antonyms of approve ban, enjoin, forbid, illegalize, interdict, prohibit, proscribe; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook; rebuff, rebut, refuse, spurn Antonyms of approve decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, reject, turn down, veto

Synonym Discussion of 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


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