What does approve mean?

Definitions for approve
əˈpruvap·prove

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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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Approveverb

    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. Approveverb

    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. Approveverb

    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. Approveverb

    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. Approveverb

    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. 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

    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  

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    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. Del Pino:

    Unfortunately, the people representing the Saudis at the meeting didn't have any authority at all, even Naimi didn't have the authority to change anything. The Saudis said, 'we have new papers and either you approve them or we don't agree'.

  2. Makan Delrahim:

    Those are some of the questions that are being raised ... whether those were nascent competitors that may or may not have been wise to approve, whether the intention of the incumbent was to purchase some of those competitors, I don't know. I'm not privy to the facts of each of those investigations.

  3. Babatunde Fashola:

    What we expect to do is to liquidate verifiable and agreed debts that have accrued, approve a market tariff and hold the discos (distribution companies) to a more efficient and fair collection system based on the use of meters.

  4. 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.

  5. Eric Olson:

    Every state and territory is required to have an emergency drinking water plan in place for natural disasters and obviously when The EPA approves that plan, they are supposed to affirm that there is an adequate plan for response, and The EPA did approve the plan, but clearly they didn't have an adequate plan for drinking water.

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