verb (used with object), approbated, approbating.
to approve officially.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin approbātus approved (past participle of approbāre), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + probātus proved; see probate

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approbate (ˈæprəˌbeɪt)
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.  chiefly (US) to sanction officially
[C15: from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test]

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late 15c. (v.), from pp. adj. (early 15c.), from L. approbatus, pp. of approbare "to assent to as good" (see approve).
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