Definitions for: Approve

[v] judge to be right or commendable; think well of
[v] give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ap*prove", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approved; p. pr. &
vb. n. Approving.] [OE. aproven, appreven, to prove, OF.
aprover, F. approuver, to approve, fr. L. approbare; ad +
probare to esteem as good, approve, prove. See Prove, and
cf. Approbate.]
1. To show to be real or true; to prove. [Obs.]

Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve First
thy obedience. --Milton.

2. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show

Opportunities to approve . . . worth. --Emerson.

He had approved himself a great warrior. --Macaulay.

'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true. --Byron.

His account . . . approves him a man of thought.

3. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to
approve the decision of a court-martial.

4. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to
think well of; as, we approve the measured of the

5. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.

The first care and concern must be to approve
himself to God. --Rogers.

Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to
think favorably (of), is often followed by of.

They had not approved of the deposition of James.

They approved of the political institutions. --W.

Ap*prove" ([a^]p*pr[=oo]v"), v. t. [OF. aprouer; a (L.
ad) + a form apparently derived fr. the pro, prod, in L.
prodest it is useful or profitable, properly the preposition
pro for. Cf. Improve.] (Eng. Law)
To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit; -- said
esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the

Synonyms: O.K., okay, sanction

Antonyms: disapprove, disapprove, reject

See Also: authorise, authorize, back, clear, confirm, endorse, judge, pass, plump for, plunk for, rubberstamp, support, visa

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