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).