Approve

  • 1 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}.] …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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… …

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  • 4 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 …

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  • 5 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 …

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  • 6 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,… …

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  • 7 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,… …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 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,… …

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  • 10 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 …

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

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  • 12 approve */*/*/ — UK [əˈpruːv] / US [əˈpruv] verb Word forms approve : present tense I/you/we/they approve he/she/it approves present participle approving past tense approved past participle approved Get it right: approve: When approve means to have a positive… …

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  • 13 approve — verb (approved; approving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French apruer, approver, from Latin approbare, from ad + probare to prove more at prove Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete prove, attest …

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  • 14 approve — verb 1) his boss doesn t approve of his lifestyle Syn: agree with, endorse, support, back, uphold, subscribe to, recommend, advocate, be in favor of, favor, think well of, like, appreciate, go for, hold with, take kindly to; …

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  • 15 approve — approvedly, adv. approvedness, n. approvingly, adv. /euh proohv /, v., approved, approving. v.t. 1. to speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably: to approve the policies of the administration. 2. to… …

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  • 16 approve — verb 1 like sb/sth ADVERB ▪ fully, heartily, strongly, thoroughly (esp. BrE), very much, wholeheartedly (esp. BrE) ▪ I wholeheartedly approve of his actions …

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  • 17 approve — ap|prove [ ə pruv ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive never progressive to have a positive feeling toward someone or something that you consider to be good or suitable: You re leaving college! Do your parents approve? approve of: He seemed to approve of …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 approve*/ — [əˈpruːv] verb 1) to think that someone or something is good Ant: disapprove You re leaving college! Do your parents approve?[/ex] He seemed to approve of my choice.[/ex] I don t really approve of children wearing make up.[/ex] 2) [T] to give… …

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  • 19 approve — v. 1) to approve of wholeheartedly 2) (D; intr.) to approve of (we approved of his decision) * * * [ə pruːv] to approve of wholeheartedly (D; intr.) to approve of (we approved of his decision) …

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  • 20 approve — To confirm, ratify, sanction, or consent to, some act or thing done by another. Board of Education v Reno Community High School, 124 Kan 175, 257 P 957. As used in a statute giving an officer power to approve an application, it is not ordinarily… …

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