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approve

verb uk   /əˈpruːv/ us  

approve verb (HAVE A GOOD OPINION)

B2 [I] to have a positive opinion of someone or something: She doesn't approve of my friends. He doesn't approve of smoking. I thoroughly approve of what the government is doing.
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approve verb (AGREE)

B1 [T] to accept, allow, or officially agree to something: We had to wait months for the council to approve our plans to extend the house. The court approved the sale of the property.
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