- 1Officially agree to or accept as satisfactory: the budget was approved by Congress (as adjective approved) an approved profit-sharing planMore example sentences
- Councillors agreed to approve the proposals, so care home residents would not be disturbed by construction work.
- The Cabinet is scheduled to officially approve its proposal tomorrow during the weekly Cabinet meeting.
- In others, if the Parliament approves proposals, it is possible for the Council to pass legislation by a majority vote instead of requiring unanimous approval from the members of the Council.
- 1.1 [no object] Believe that someone or something is good or acceptable: I don’t approve of the way she pampers my father and brothersMore example sentences
- I wasn't sure there was any part of my life she did approve of and it wasn't as if she believed in quiet disapproval.
- Even though I don't believe she ever came to like him or approve of many of his views, she came to care about him.
- We don't approve of this in wine bars, and we don't approve of it here.
- 2 • archaic Prove; show: he approved himself ripe for military commandMore example sentences
- And, after that fourth trial, sundry of the kings and many of the lesser barons and knights and all of the commons cried out that these were trials enough, and that Arthur had assuredly approved himself to be rightwise King; wherefore they demanded that he should be made King indeed so that he might rule over them.
- He approved himself to his comrades brave, generous, self-sacrificing.
Middle English: from Old French aprover, from Latin approbare (see approbate). The original sense was 'prove, demonstrate', later 'corroborate, confirm', hence 'pronounce to be satisfactory' (late Middle English).