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approvalnoun [U]

 us   /əˈpru·vəl/
  • approval noun [U] (AGREEMENT)

the ​state or ​condition of having a good ​opinion of someone or something: She ​craves the approval of her ​classmates.
  • approval noun [U] (PERMISSION)

an ​act of ​officiallyaccepting or ​allowing something: You’ll need ​yourparents’ approval to take this ​fieldtrip.
(Definition of approval from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"approval" in British English

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approvalnoun [U]

uk   /əˈpruː.vəl/  us   /əˈpruː.vəl/
  • approval noun [U] (GOOD OPINION)

B2 the ​feeling of having a ​positiveopinion of someone or something: He ​showed his approval by ​smilingbroadly. 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 officialpermission: The ​project has now received approval from the ​government. The ​teacher gave the ​student a ​nod of approval.

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(Definition of approval from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"approval" in Business English

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approvalnoun [U]

uk   us   /əˈpruːvəl/
officialpermission or ​agreement for something: get/secure/win approval They want to ​raiserates, but it will be difficult to ​secure approval.gain/receive approval The new ​strategy has yet to receive approval from the ​board. give (your) approval The ​IMF is unlikely to give its approval.approval of sth Approval of the ​loan came after several ​hours of discussion by the ​executiveboard.approval for sth Recent ​management upheaval and delayed approval for ​keyproducts have ​damaged the ​company.approval from sb The Hong Kong-based ​businessman needed 75% approval from ​minorityshareholders for his ​proposedscheme.final/preliminary approval The ​measure still ​needsfinal approval.
on approval
COMMERCE if you ​buy something on approval, you can ​return it without ​payment if it is not ​satisfactory: You can have the ​goods on approval for 28 days.
(Definition of approval from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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