Approve Definition

ə-pro͝ov
approved, approves, approving
verb
approved, approves, approving
To consent to officially or formally; confirm or sanction.
The Senate approved the treaty.
American Heritage
To give one's consent to; sanction; confirm.
Webster's New World
To give approval; have a favorable opinion (of)
Webster's New World
To consider right or good.
American Heritage
To be favorable toward; think or declare to be good, satisfactory, etc.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Approve

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English appreven, approven from Old French aprover from Latin approbāre ad- ad- probāre to test (from probus good per1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French aprouer; a- + a form apparently derived from the pro, prod, in Latin prōsum (“be useful or profitable”). Compare with improve.

    From Wiktionary

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