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UK [əˈpruːv] / US [əˈpruv] verb
Word forms "approve":
present tense I/you/we/they approve he/she/it approves present participle approving past tense approved past participle approved
Get it right: approve:
When approve means "to have a positive feeling towards something or someone", it is followed by of, not by a direct object.
Wrong: I do not approve violence.
Right: I do not approve of violence.
Wrong: It is easy for us to say "I don't approve euthanasia", because we are not in pain.
Right: It is easy for us to say "I don't approve of euthanasia", because we are not in pain.   You can also use the pattern approve of someone doing something (not "approve someone to do something"):
Wrong: In Turkish society, people do not approve parents to get divorced.
Right: In Turkish society, people do not approve of parents getting divorced. However, when approve means "to give official agreement to something", it is used with a direct object. The General Assembly approved a resolution ordering Saddam's troops to withdraw immediately.
1) [intransitive, never progressive] to have a positive feeling towards someone or something that you consider to be good or suitable

You're leaving college! Do your parents approve?

approve of:

He seemed to approve of my choice.

approve of someone doing something:

I don't really approve of children wearing make-up.

Adverbs frequently used with approve
▪  heartily, thoroughly, warmly, wholeheartedly
2) [transitive, often passive] to give official agreement or permission to something

This year's budget package has been formally approved by parliament.

The new stamps were personally approved by the Queen.

be approved for something:

These chemicals were only approved for use in animal foods.

Adverbs frequently used with approve
▪  formally, narrowly, officially, overwhelmingly, personally, unanimously

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Approve — 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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve — UK US /əˈpruːv/ verb ► [T] to accept, allow, or officially agree to something: » The measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs. »The aluminum producer could begin recalling workers on Tuesday if the union… …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or to express a favorable opinion of. Approve often means no more than this {daring them . . . to approve her conduct Conrad} Sometimes, however, it suggests esteem or admiration {Jane… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • approve of sb — approve of sb/sth ► to have a good opinion of someone or something: »Close to 90% of people approve of his handling of the crisis. Main Entry: ↑approve …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — ap·prove vt ap·proved, ap·prov·ing: to give formal or official sanction to: ratify Congress approved the proposed budget Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • approve — (v.) c.1300, to demonstrate, prove; mid 14c., to attest (something) with authority, from O.Fr. aprover (Mod.Fr. approuver) approve, agree to, from L. approbare to assent to as good, regard as good, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + probare to try,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • approve — [v1] agree something is good accept, acclaim, admire, applaud, appreciate, approbate, be big on*, commend, countenance, esteem, face it, favor, go along with, grin and bear it*, handle, like, live with*, praise, put up with, regard highly,… …   New thesaurus

  • approve — ► VERB 1) (often approve of) believe that someone or something is good or acceptable. 2) officially acknowledge as satisfactory. ORIGIN Old French aprover, from Latin approbare …   English terms dictionary

  • approve — [ə pro͞ov′] vt. approved, approving [ME aproven < OFr aprover < L approbare < ad , to + probare, to try, test < probus, good] 1. to give one s consent to; sanction; confirm 2. to be favorable toward; think or declare to be good,… …   English World dictionary

  • Approve — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve of — index countenance, permit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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