What does approve mean?

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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

  2. Approve(verb)

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

  3. Approve(verb)

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

  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

  5. Approve(verb)

    to make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance

  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

  7. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Alexander Pope:

    Fools admire, but men of sense approve.

  2. President Trump:

    If Senator Donnelly doesn’t approve it.

  3. Marc Short:

    Fine. Then approve all of the money in one year.

  4. Kent Yalowitz:

    Arafat didn't accidentally approve money for terrorists.

  5. Ben Carson:

    Would I approve waterboarding? You bet your ass I would.

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