approve

[uh-proov]
verb (used with object), approved, approving.
1.
to speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably: to approve the policies of the administration.
2.
to consent or agree to: Father approved our plan to visit Chicago.
3.
to confirm or sanction formally; ratify: The Senate promptly approved the bill.
4.
Obsolete.
a.
to demonstrate; show.
b.
to make good; attest.
c.
to prove by trial.
d.
to convict.
verb (used without object), approved, approving.
5.
to speak or consider favorably (sometimes followed by of ): Mother didn't approve of him. The boss wouldn't approve of the plan. He said that he approved.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English a(p)proven < Anglo-French, Old French aprover < Latin approbāre, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + probāre to prove

approvedly, adverb
approvedness, noun
approvingly, adverb
nonapproved, adjective
preapprove, verb, preapproved, preapproving.
reapprove, verb, reapproved, reapproving.
self-approved, adjective
self-approving, adjective
unapproved, adjective
unapproving, adjective
unapprovingly, adverb
well-approved, adjective

approve, endorse (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. appreciate, esteem. Approve, commend, praise mean to have, and usually to express, a favorable opinion. To approve is to have a very good opinion, expressed or not, of someone or something: He approved the new plan. To commend is to speak or write approv-ingly, often formally and publicly, to congratulate or honor for something done: to commend a worker for a job well done. To praise is to speak or write, often in glowing and emotional terms, about one or more persons, actions, plans, etc.: to praise someone's courage. 2, 3. authorize, endorse, validate.


2, 3. reject.
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approve1 (əˈpruːv)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by of)
1.  to consider fair, good, or right; commend (a person or thing)
2.  (tr) to authorize or sanction
3.  obsolete (tr) to demonstrate or prove by trial
 
[C14: from Old French aprover, from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to test, prove]
 
ap'provingly1
 
adv

approve2 (əˈpruːv)
 
vb
(tr) law to improve or increase the value of (waste or common land), as by enclosure
 
[C15: from Old French approuer to turn to advantage, from prou advantage]

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approve
mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from O.Fr. aprover (Fr. approuver), from L. approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove). The meaning
extended late 14c. to "show (something) to be good," then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in ref. to authorities, parliaments, etc.
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Example sentences
The payer, meanwhile, uses his own private key to approve any transfers to a
  recipient's account.
Editors, trained in the ways of search engine optimization, would approve or
  deny each while also coming up with their own ideas.
Italians did not approve of the way the government was run, but it was part of
  their life.
The naturalist would approve of how evolutionary science continues to improve.
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