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

How to pronounce approve?

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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. 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.

  2. Stewart Verdery:

    If [ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ] blasts you on Twitter, or if Warren talks about an acquisition as dangerous, that's going to put up a speed bump, even if the regulators might approve it, you've got antitrust by tweet as an important factor.

  3. Donald Trump:

    If she doesn't approve the wall, the rest of it's just a waste of money and time and energy because it's desperately needed.

  4. Tim Graham:

    I remember at the time thinking the words really familiar. I looked back at that speech that Diana gave at a charity engagement when she officially stood back from her official public duties. And the words almost mirrored each other, and it was like Harry had gone back and looked up what his mother had said at such an important time in his life because, of course, he cant ask her for that advice himself, so he instead looks at the path that she already took on. And so there are these moments where we see a similarity in the decision she makes. And Im sure that that in itself makes Harry realize that he is doing the right thing and that his mother would approve.

  5. Lennon Lacy:

    I was shocked, disappointed. I also, initially told him how I felt - that I did not approve of it.

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