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Meaning of approve by Wiktionary Dictionary

approve


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /əˈpɹuːv/, X-SAMPA: /@"pru:v/
    • Rhymes: -uːv
    • ( US ) IPA: /ʌˈpɹuv/, X-SAMPA: /V"pruv/

    Etymology 1

    Middle English aproven, appreven ( “to prove” ), Old French aprover ( “to approve” ), ( French approuver ), from Latin approbō, from ad + probō ( “to esteem as good, approve, prove” ). Compare prove, approbate .

    Verb

    approve ( third-person singular simple present approves present participle approving, simple past and past participle approved )

    1. ( transitive ) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm .
      Although we may disagree with it, we must nevertheless approve the sentence handed down by the court-martial .
    2. ( transitive ) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of .
      We approve the measure of the administration, for it is an excellent decision .
    3. ( transitive ) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
    4. ( intransitive ) To consider or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
      Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably ( of ), is often followed by of .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Old French aprouer; a- + a form apparently derived from the pro, prod, in Latin prōsum ( “be useful or profitable” ). Compare with improve .

    Verb

    approve ( third-person singular simple present approves present participle approving, simple past and past participle approved )

    1. ( transitive, English Law ) To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit;—said especially of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor .

    See also

    • approve in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of approve by Wordnet Dictionary

approve


    Verb
    1. judge to be right or commendable

    2. give sanction to

    3. I approve of his educational policies


    Definition of approve by GCIDE Dictionary

    approve


    1. Approve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approved ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Approving.] [OE. aproven, appreven, to prove, OF. aprover, F. approuver, to approve, fr. L. approbare; ad + probare to esteem as good, approve, prove. See Prove, and cf. Approbate.]
      1. To show to be real or true; to prove. [Obs.]

      Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve

      First thy obedience. Milton.

      2. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.

      Opportunities to approve . . . worth. Emerson.

      He had approved himself a great warrior. Macaulay.

      'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true. Byron.

      His account . . . approves him a man of thought. Parkman.

      3. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, “to approve the decision of a court-martial”.

      4. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, “we approve the measured of the administration”.

      5. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.

      The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God. Rogers.

      ☞ This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably ( of ), is often followed by of.

      They had not approved of the deposition of James. Macaulay.

      They approved of the political institutions. W. Black.


    2. Approve ( ăpprv ), v. t. [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.] ( Eng. Law ) 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.