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
  1. verb
    judge to be right or commendable; think well of
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    consider bad or wrong
    approve automatically
    type of:
    evaluate, judge, pass judgment
    form a critical opinion of
  2. verb
    give sanction to
    “I approve of his educational policies”
    synonyms: O.K., okay, sanction
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    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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