approve /əˈpruːv/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. officially agree to or accept as satisfactory

the budget was approved by parliament
(as adj. approved)
places on approved courses.
2. [no obj.] believe that someone or something is good or acceptable

I don’t approve of romance
they would not approve.
‹archaic› prove; show

he approved himself ripe for military command.
– origin Middle English: from Old French aprover, from Latin approbare (see approbate). The original sense was ‘prove, demonstrate’, later ‘corroborate, confirm’, hence ‘pronounce to be satisfactory’ (late Middle English).

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