When you take your new love to meet your parents, you hope that they approve of your choice in partners, but when your date starts eating with his hands at dinner, chances are pretty slim.

Approve was first used like to mean "prove" or "show"––think, "The proof is in the pudding." Now, approve means to officially agree. You might need the principal to sign off on, or approve, any purchase of new materials for the classroom. Congress can also approve a bill or budget in this way. It’s important to remember that, like apple and appropriate, approve is spelled with a double “p.”

Definitions of approve

v judge to be right or commendable; think well of

consider bad or wrong
approve automatically
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v give sanction to

“I approve of his educational policies”
O.K., okay, sanction
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate
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give religious sanction to, such as through on oath
approve officially
back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
be behind; approve of
support a person for a position
guarantee, warrant
stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of
champion, defend
protect or fight for as a champion
Type of:
authorise, authorize, clear, pass
grant authorization or clearance for

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