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Meaning of “approve” in the English Dictionary

"approve" in British English

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approveverb

uk   us   /əˈpruːv/
  • approve verb (HAVE A GOOD OPINION)

B2 [I] to have a ​positiveopinion 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 ​officiallyagree to something: We had to ​waitmonths for the ​council to approve ​ourplans to ​extend the ​house. The ​court approved the ​sale of the ​property.

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(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   us   /əˈpruːv/
[T] to ​accept, ​allow, or ​officiallyagree to something: The ​measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs. The aluminum ​producer could begin ​recallingworkers on Tuesday if the ​unionmembership 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)
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