What does approve mean?

Definitions for approve
əˈpruvap·prove

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. approve, O.K., okay, sanction(verb)

    give sanction to

    "I approve of his educational policies"

  2. approve(verb)

    judge to be right or commendable; think well of

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approve(verb)

    to show to be real or true; to prove

    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.]

  2. Approve(verb)

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

    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.]

  3. Approve(verb)

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

    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.]

  4. Approve(verb)

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

    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.]

  5. Approve(verb)

    to make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance

    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.]

  6. Approve(verb)

    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

    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. approve

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Wang Man:

    We hope that the prosecutors will not approve a formal arrest warrant, following the laws and standing up to pressure.

  2. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato:

    I've heard that Gilead Sciences will file for approval (in Japan) within days, i issued an instruction so that we will be ready to approve it within a week or so.

  3. Susan Shalabi:

    So they say they've approved 95% of the permits. Let's be more optimistic and assume that they approve 99%. What's the point if the 1% includes the head coach, captain or goalkeeper of the national team? Or those of a visiting team? Will any association accept to play without all or any of these? It's about the principle, not statistics. Footballers should not be denied to move at all.

  4. Lanny Davis:

    I completely understand why under ordinary circumstances prosecutors would not approve of what I did, but I believe they would at least understand that I had an obligation to my client to correct the record on something harmful to Michael Cohen.

  5. Prime Minister Antonio Costa:

    They (the opposition) will say, ah, but the other parties could have a different stance. They could. But they are consistent with what they've always been saying and they'd have to change their position, but the Social Democrats who assumed these responsibilities for the Portuguese state, and who have always supported them, now refuse to approve them ... That is absolutely irresponsible.

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