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Definition of "approve" []

  • To consider right or good; think or speak favorably of. (verb-transitive)
  • To consent to officially or formally; confirm or sanction: The Senate approved the treaty. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To prove or attest. (verb-transitive)
  • To show, feel, or express approval: didn't approve of the decision. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "approve" in a sentence
  • "Tate care, however, cried I, that you. do* not carry matters too far: fhe muft not fufpect you act by my orders; oa £he contrary, if I find any feverity ha* been, ufcd, though I may fecretly approve, nay, certainly fhall approve* in cafe it anfwers fhy purpofe; yet you myft lay your account with being* fharply reprimand - ed — you underftand me."
  • "•approve the photo of members as untill you approve members photo it will not see online o10."
  • "WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled Tuesday controversial plans to again approve genetically modified sugar beets in time for planting next year, a move that would nullify a federal court ruling in August that invalidated the original approval issued by the USDA five years ago."