verb (approved; approving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French apruer, approver, from Latin approbare, from ad- + probare to prove — more at prove Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete prove, attest 2. to have or express a favorable opinion of <
couldn't approve such conduct
3. a. to accept as satisfactory <
hopes she will approve the date of the meeting
b. to give formal or official sanction to ; ratify <
Congress approved the proposed budget
intransitive verb to take a favorable view <
doesn't approve of fighting
approvingly adverb Synonyms: approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or express a favorable opinion of. approve often implies no more than this but may suggest considerable esteem or admiration <
the parents approve of the marriage
. endorse suggests an explicit statement of support <
publicly endorsed her for Senator
. sanction implies both approval and authorization <
the President sanctioned covert operations
. accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement attesting to conformity to set standards <
the board voted to accredit the college
must be certified to teach

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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