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Princeton's WordNet

  1. approve, O.K., okay, sanctionverb

    give sanction to

    "I approve of his educational policies"

  2. approveverb

    judge to be right or commendable; think well of

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Approveverb

    Etymology: approuver, Fr. approbo, Lat.

    There can be nothing possibly evil which God approveth, and that he approveth much more than he doth command. Richard Hooker.

    What power was that, whereby Medea saw,
    And well approv’d, and prais’d the better course,
    When her rebellious sense did so withdraw
    Her feeble pow’rs, that she pursu’d the worse? Davies.

    It is looked upon as insolence for a man to set up his own opinion against that of some learned doctor, or otherwise approved writer. John Locke.

    His meaning was not, that Archimedes could simply in nothing be deceived; but that he had in such sort approved his skill, that he seemed worthy of credit for ever after, in matters appertaining to the science he was skilful in. Richard Hooker, b. ii.

    In religion,
    What damned errour, but some sober brow
    Will bless it, and approve it with a text. William Shakespeare, M. of Venice.

    I’m sorry
    That he approves the common liar, Fame,
    Who speaks him thus at Rome. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleop.

    Would’st thou approve thy constancy? Approve
    First thy obedience. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.

    Refer all the actions of this short life to that state which will never end; and this will approve itself to be wisdom at the last, whatever the world judge of it now. John Tillotson.

    Oh, ’tis the curse in love, and still approv’d,
    When women cannot love, where they’re belov’d. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God by righteousness, holiness, and purity. John Rogers.

    I shewed you a piece of black and white stuff just sent from the dyer; which you were pleased to approve of, and be my customer for. Jonathan Swift.


  1. approve

    To approve means to officially agree with, accept, or give consent to something, often after careful consideration or evaluation, expressing a favorable opinion or judgment. It can also refer to the confirmation or ratification of a decision or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approveverb

    to show to be real or true; to prove

  2. Approveverb

    to make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically

  3. Approveverb

    to sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial

  4. Approveverb

    to regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of the administration

  5. Approveverb

    to make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance

  6. Approveverb

    to make profit of; to convert to one's own profit; -- said esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor

  7. Etymology: [OF. aprouer; a (L. ad) + a form apparently derived fr. the pro, prod, in L. prodest it is useful or profitable, properly the preposition pro for. Cf. Improve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Approve

    a-prōōv′, v.t. to show, demonstrate (also reflexively): to sanction or ratify: to think well of, to be pleased with, to commend: (Shak.) to put to the trial, hence also, to convict upon proof.—v.i. to judge favourably, to be pleased (with of).—adj. Approv′able, deserving approval—ns. Approv′al, the act of approving: approbation; Approv′er, one who approves: (law) an accomplice in crime admitted to give evidence against a prisoner.—adv. Approv′ingly. [O. Fr. aprover—L. approbāread, to, and probāre, to test or try—probus, good.]

  2. Approve

    a-prōōv′, v.t. (law) to turn to one's profit, increase the value of. [Confused with Approve, but from O. Fr. aproer, approuerà, to (L. ad), and pro, prou, advantage. See Prow-ess.]

Editors Contribution

  1. approveadjective

    To give authority for

    They did approve of their wedding contract and together were united in their love for each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'approve' in Verbs Frequency: #384

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of approve in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of approve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of approve in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Jefferson:

    Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.

  2. Chasten Buttigieg:

    I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken.

  3. Caitlin Checkett:

    Towards the end of the campaign that was 22 individuals who had to approve it. ... The digital team unfortunately did not have the opportunity to think of things on their own and post them. ... The downfall of that of course is as fast as we are moving it can take a little bit of time to get that approval to happen.

  4. President Trump:

    Flag on the play ? - Email us atHALFTIMEREPORT@FOXNEWS.COMwithyour tips, comments or questions. SCOREBOARD Trump job performance Average approval :41.6 percent Average disapproval :53.6 percent Net Score : -12 points Change from one week ago : down 1.2 points [ Average includes : Gallup : 40 % approve - 55 % disapprove ; Quinnipiac University : 38 % approve - 58 % disapprove ; NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist University : 39 % approve - 51 % disapprove ; NBC/WSJ : 45 % approve - 52 % disapprove ; Fox News : 46 % approve - 51 % disapprove. ] Control of House Republican average :40 percent Democratic average :48.2 percent Advantage : Democrats plus 8.2 points Change from one week ago : No change [ Average includes : Quinnipiac University : Dems 51 % - GOP 39 % ; NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist University : Dems 47 % - GOP 40 % ; Fox News : Dems 48 % - GOP 40 % ; Suffolk University/USA Today : Dems 45 % - GOP 39 % ; CNN : Dems 50 % - GOP 42 %. ] I ’LL TELL YOU WHAT : DOG DAYS OF SUMMER This week, Dana and Chris discuss the dog days of summer and upcoming end-of-summer vacations. Plus, Chris breaks down the moderate middle, highlights some key midterm races to watch, and dips into the listener mailbag.LISTEN AND SUBSCRIBE HERE TRUMP HATE-TWEETS SESSIONS, BUT MAKES NO MOVES Fox News :.

  5. Michelle Steel:

    I am glad the Administration is finally acting on this issue and now it’s time to approve the Major Disaster Declaration I asked for more than a week ago. The backlog in our ports has caused ships to idle off our coastline for weeks, which may have contributed to the oil spill that devastated our community. I urge the President to approve this request and applaud these efforts to get these ships moving quickly and out of our coastal waters.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    • A. moan
    • B. jeopardize
    • C. fudge
    • D. interrupt

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