Definition of approval in English:


Line breaks: ap|proval
Pronunciation: /əˈpruːv(ə)l


[mass noun]
1The action of approving something: the road schemes have been given approval [count noun]: they have delayed the launch to await project approvals
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  • Detailed schemes for each area are still being drawn up and the first wave of project approvals are expected by the end of the year.
  • They are also awaiting payments and approvals under various schemes.
  • He added that all the relevant approvals for the project are in order right down to the environmental impact assessment.
acceptance, agreement, consent, assent, acquiescence, compliance, concurrence;
blessing, imprimatur, seal/stamp of approval, rubber stamp;
informal the go-ahead, the green light, the OK, the thumbs up, the nod, say-so
1.1The belief that someone or something is good or acceptable: step-parents need to win a child’s approval
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  • I would hope that the west London lines would meet with approval and link up to Heathrow and Gatwick.
  • It is a surprise to find you quoting him with approval so early in the book.
  • Neither suggestion met with approval so I repaired to the kitchen to make coffee.


on approval

(Of goods) supplied on condition that they may be returned if not satisfactory: we would be happy to send you a selection on approval
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  • She immediately sent him three tree of life panels on approval, which he returned because ‘I don't think they really suit the style of my house.’
  • We will rush a framing job when necessary to accommodate and will not add rush fees; we allow work to go out on approval and be returned if it does not work; and we offer free consultation services.
  • He added that services like discounts, selection, art on approval, flaming, installation, commissions and delivery can help, as well.
on trial, under probation;
on sale or return
British informal on appro

seal (or stamp) of approval

An official statement or indication that something is accepted or regarded favourably: the minister gave his seal of approval to the project
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  • It didn't get the official stamp of approval again until 1926, when the university senate and principal gave the procession a cautious thumbs-up.
  • The big news this week is that the planners have given the official stamp of approval for the new community facility in the fields opposite Marshallstown houses.
  • They and the conservation lobby continue to hope that their efforts to preserve the city's heritage will soon get an official stamp of approval.

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