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approval

noun [U] uk   us   /əˈpruː.vəl/

approval noun [U] (GOOD OPINION)

B2 the feeling of having a positive opinion of someone or something: He showed his approval by smiling broadly. Alan is someone who always needs the approval of other people. Sam always tried hard to win his father's approval.formal Does the wine meet with your approval? (= Do you like the wine?)on approval If you buy something on approval, you can return it without payment if it is not satisfactory.
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approval noun [U] (PERMISSION)

B2 official permission: The project has now received approval from the government. The teacher gave the student a nod of approval.
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