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approbate Line breaks: ap¦pro|bate
Pronunciation: /ˈaprəbeɪt/

Definition of approbate in English:


[with object] US rare
Approve formally; sanction: a letter approbating the affair
More example sentences
  • ‘If I act any further, I would be seen to approbate with a document that is flawed,’ he stated.
  • On a true appreciation of the position, this is not a case in which it can be said that the respondent company has elected between two inconsistent remedies; nor that it has sought to approbate and reprobate.
  • You want to approbate and reprobate, as it were.


Late Middle English: from Latin approbat- 'approved', from the verb approbare, from ad- 'to' + probare 'try, test' (from probus 'good').

Words that rhyme with approbate

stereobate • incubate
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