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From Middle English aproven, appreven (“to prove”), Old French aprover (“to approve”), (French approuver), from Latin approbō, from ad + probō (“to esteem as good, approve, prove”). Compare prove, approbate.
- (transitive) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm.
- Although we may disagree with it, we must nevertheless approve the sentence handed down by the court-martial.
- (transitive) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of.
- We approve the measure of the administration, for it is an excellent decision.
- (transitive) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
- (intransitive) To consider or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
- Henry Rogers,
- The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God.
- Thomas Babington Macaulay,
- They had not approved of the deposition of James.
- William Black,
- They approved of the political institutions.
- Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably (of), is often followed by of.
- Henry Rogers,
To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically
To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial
To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of
To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance
- (transitive, English Law) To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit;—said especially of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor.