approve


approve
verb
1 like sb/sth
ADVERB
fully, heartily, strongly, thoroughly (esp. BrE), very much, wholeheartedly (esp. BrE)

I wholeheartedly approve of his actions.

personally

I don't personally approve but I'm willing to live with it.

PREPOSITION
of

I very much approve of these new tests.

2 agree to sth
ADVERB
formally, officially

His appointment has not been formally approved yet.

federally (AmE)

The chemical has never been federally approved as a pesticide.

personally

He personally approved a huge contract for 20 jets.

overwhelmingly, unanimously
narrowly

The Legislature narrowly approved an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution.

Approve is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑authority, ↑committee, ↑conference, ↑congress, ↑council, ↑delegate, ↑judge, ↑legislature, ↑meeting, ↑member, ↑minister, ↑ministry, ↑panel, ↑parliament, ↑referendum, ↑resolution, ↑shareholder, ↑voter
Approve is used with these nouns as the object: ↑amendment, ↑application, ↑appointment, ↑bill, ↑budget, ↑charter, ↑constitution, ↑creation, ↑deal, ↑directive, ↑document, ↑draft, ↑drug, ↑expansion, ↑expenditure, ↑funding, ↑guideline, ↑initiative, ↑legislation, ↑measure, ↑merger, ↑minute, ↑motion, ↑package, ↑permit, ↑petition, ↑plan, ↑policy, ↑procedure, ↑proposal, ↑recommendation, ↑referendum, ↑renovation, ↑report, ↑request, ↑resolution, ↑revision, ↑sale, ↑scheme, ↑treaty, ↑use

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  • Approve — Ap*prove , 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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve — UK US /əˈpruːv/ verb ► [T] to accept, allow, or officially agree to something: » The measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs. »The aluminum producer could begin recalling workers on Tuesday if the union… …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or to express a favorable opinion of. Approve often means no more than this {daring them . . . to approve her conduct Conrad} Sometimes, however, it suggests esteem or admiration {Jane… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • approve of sb — approve of sb/sth ► to have a good opinion of someone or something: »Close to 90% of people approve of his handling of the crisis. Main Entry: ↑approve …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — ap·prove vt ap·proved, ap·prov·ing: to give formal or official sanction to: ratify Congress approved the proposed budget Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • approve — (v.) c.1300, to demonstrate, prove; mid 14c., to attest (something) with authority, from O.Fr. aprover (Mod.Fr. approuver) approve, agree to, from L. approbare to assent to as good, regard as good, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + probare to try,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • approve — [v1] agree something is good accept, acclaim, admire, applaud, appreciate, approbate, be big on*, commend, countenance, esteem, face it, favor, go along with, grin and bear it*, handle, like, live with*, praise, put up with, regard highly,… …   New thesaurus

  • approve — ► VERB 1) (often approve of) believe that someone or something is good or acceptable. 2) officially acknowledge as satisfactory. ORIGIN Old French aprover, from Latin approbare …   English terms dictionary

  • approve — [ə pro͞ov′] vt. approved, approving [ME aproven < OFr aprover < L approbare < ad , to + probare, to try, test < probus, good] 1. to give one s consent to; sanction; confirm 2. to be favorable toward; think or declare to be good,… …   English World dictionary

  • Approve — Ap*prove ([a^]p*pr[=oo]v ), 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve of — index countenance, permit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary


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