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UK [əˈpruːv(ə)l] / US [əˈpruv(ə)l] noun [uncountable]
1) a positive feeling that you have towards someone or something that you think is good or suitable

Children are constantly looking for signs of approval from their parents.

Her ideas on the family are often quoted with approval by Mr Bush.

meet with someone's approval (= be approved of by someone):

Most of his girlfriends failed to meet with his father's approval.

a nod/smile/murmur of approval:

A murmur of approval ran through the crowd.

someone's approval rating (= a measure of people's approval of a political leader):

By July, the Prime Minister's approval rating had risen to over 60 per cent.

2) official agreement or permission, given by someone in authority

We sent the design to the planning department for approval.

give/grant (your) approval:

The government has not yet given the scheme its approval.

The board has finally given its approval to the loan.

subject to someone's approval (= needing to be approved by them):

Any recommendations are subject to the approval of shareholders.


English dictionary. 2014.

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