Meaning of “approve” in the English Dictionary

"approve" in British English

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approveverb

uk /əˈpruːv/ us /əˈpruːv/

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.
Opposite

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  • They think I'm an old fuddy-duddy because I don't approve of tattoos.
  • The survey showed that 32% of respondents approve, 54% disapprove and the rest are undecided.
  • We are a moral, ethical people and therefore we do not approve of their activities.
  • "I don't approve of that kind of language, " she said, pursing her lips.
  • You may not approve of what he did, but he's still your brother.

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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  • When the time came to approve the proposal, there were one or two voices of dissent.
  • He agreed to the interview, but asked to be allowed to approve the final article.
  • I must tell you in all honesty that there is little chance of the scheme being approved.
  • The suggestion was approved, with 25 votes in favour, and 7 against.
  • The minutes of the last meeting were approved unanimously .

(Definition of “approve” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"approve" in American English

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approveverb

us /əˈpruv/

approve verb (AGREE WITH)

[ I ] to have a good opinion of someone or something:

I wish my mother approved of my friends.

approve verb (PERMIT)

[ T ] to accept or allow something officially:

Finally the court approved the sale of the property.

(Definition of “approve” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"approve" in Business English

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approveverb

uk /əˈpruːv/ us

[ 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 membership approves the offer.
approve the bill/deal/settlement, etc. If shareholders approve the deal, it would be the biggest acquisition by a Mexican company.
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.

(Definition of “approve” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)