Approving
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}.] 1. To show to be real or true; to prove. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve First thy obedience. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically. [1913 Webster]

Opportunities to approve . . . worth. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

He had approved himself a great warrior. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

His account . . . approves him a man of thought. --Parkman. [1913 Webster]

3. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial. [1913 Webster]

4. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of the administration. [1913 Webster]

5. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance. [1913 Webster]

The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God. --Rogers. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably (of), is often followed by of. [1913 Webster]

They had not approved of the deposition of James. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

They approved of the political institutions. --W. Black. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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