Verb approve Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm. (transitive) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of. (transitive, archaic) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically. (intransitive) To consider or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.

More definition: speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably, to approve the policies of the administration. consent or agree to, Father approved our plan to visit Chicago. confirm or sanction formally; ratify, The Senate promptly approved the bill.

4.Obsolete. to demonstrate; show. to make good; attest. to prove by trial. to convict. speak or consider favorably (sometimes followed by of), Mother didn't approve of him. The boss wouldn't approve of the plan. He said that he approved.

1. when intr, often foll by of. to consider fair, good, or right; commend (a person or thing)

2. (transitive) to authorize or sanction

3. (transitive) (obsolete) to demonstrate or prove by trial Derived Formsapprovingly, adverb Word OriginC14, from Old French aprover, from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test, prove approve2 /əˈpruːv/ verb
1. (transitive) (law) to improve or increase the value of (waste or common land), as by enclosure Word OriginC15, from Old French approuer to turn to advantage, from prou advantageCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related, Approved; approving.


I really don't approve of this.

He tells me maybe you would not approve, but I see he is wrong.

"I approve the plans before they are released," he said.

Alex wouldn't approve, but it was her land and her phone.

And what made him think Dad wouldn't approve of Justin?

The Circuit Quarterly Meeting had to approve the arrangements for the support of the preachers.

The time had, indeed, not yet come to attempt any conspicuous breach with the constitutional principle; but the new ministry was such as the imperial sentiment would approve, inimical to the German ideals of Frankfort, devoted to the traditions of the Habsburg monarchy.

After a time I became discouraged, and told her I was afraid she could not make it stand, but that I would build it for her; but she did not approve of this plan.

It is as if he thought my Bolkonski would not approve of or understand our gaiety.

"Gentlemen," said Kutuzov, "I cannot approve of the count's plan.

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