Definitions for approvaləˈpru vəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ap•prov•aləˈpru vəl(n.)

  1. the act of approving; approbation.

  2. permission; sanction.

Idioms for approval:

  1. on approval,subject to being tried or tested and rejected if not satisfactory.

    Category: Idiom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blessing, approval, approving(noun)

    the formal act of approving

    "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"

  2. approval(noun)

    a feeling of liking something or someone good

    "although she fussed at them, she secretly viewed all her children with approval"

  3. approval, favorable reception, favourable reception(noun)

    acceptance as satisfactory

    "he bought it on approval"

  4. approval, commendation(noun)

    a message expressing a favorable opinion

    "words of approval seldom passed his lips"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. approval(noun)əˈpru vəl

    ≠ disapproval

    her parents' approval

  2. approvaləˈpru vəl

    official acceptance

    The plan has been given government approval.


  1. approval(Noun)

    An expression granting permission; an indication of agreement with a proposal; an acknowledgement that a person, thing, or event meets requirements.

    I need to get an approval on this purchase order.

  2. approval(Noun)

    An expression of favorable acceptance and encouragement; a compliment that also condones.

    Words of approval never seem to come from him.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approval(noun)

    approbation; sanction

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approval' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2619

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approval' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3223

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approval' in Nouns Frequency: #1104

Translations for approval

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act or state of agreeing to or being pleased with (a person, thing etc)

This proposal meets with my approval.

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