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approbate

[ap-ruh-beyt] /ˈæp rəˌbeɪt/
verb (used with object), approbated, approbating.
1.
to approve officially.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin approbātus approved (past participle of approbāre), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + probātus proved; see probate
Related forms
approbator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for approbate

approbate

/ˈæprəˌbeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(Scots law) to accept as valid
2.
(Scots law) approbate and reprobate, to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one's interests
3.
(mainly US) to sanction officially
Word Origin
C15: from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test
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Word Origin and History for approbate
v.

late 15c., from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare "to assent to (as good), favor" (see approve). Related: Approbated; approbating.

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