verb ap·prove \ə-ˈprüv\

: to believe that something or someone is good or acceptable

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


Full Definition of APPROVE

transitive verb
obsolete :  prove, attest
:  to have or express a favorable opinion of <couldn't approve such conduct>
a :  to accept as satisfactory <hopes she will approve the date of the meeting>
b :  to give formal or official sanction to :  ratify <Congress approved the proposed budget>
intransitive verb
:  to take a favorable view <doesn't approve of fighting>
ap·prov·ing·ly \-ˈprü-viŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin 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, 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>.

Rhymes with APPROVE

APPROVE Defined for Kids


verb ap·prove \ə-ˈprüv\

Definition of APPROVE for Kids

:  to think of as good <I don't approve of the way those children behave.>
:  to accept as satisfactory <The school committee approved the new curriculum.>


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