ap·prove vt ap·proved, ap·prov·ing: to give formal or official sanction to: ratify
Congress approved the proposed budget

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I verb accede to, accept, acquiesce in, adopt, advocate, affirm, agree to, allow, approbare, approbate, assent to, authenticate, authorize, be in favor of, be satisfied with, certify, comprobare, concur in, confirm, consent to, countenance, endorse, favor, make valid, probare, ratify, sanction, second, support, sustain, uphold, validate II index accede (concede), accredit, advocate, affirm (uphold), agree (comply), allow (authorize), allow (endure), appoint, assent, authorize, bear (tolerate), coincide (concur), concur (agree), confirm, conform, consent, cosign, countenance, enable, endorse, favor, grant (concede), legalize, legitimate, let (permit), notarize, permit, prefer, reassure, receive (permit to enter), recommend, regard (hold in esteem), sanction, seal (solemnize), settle, sign, subscribe (sign), support (justify), sustain (confirm), uphold, validate, vote

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


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  • Approve — Ap*prove , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Approved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approving}.] [OE. aproven, appreven, to prove, OF. aprover, F. approuver, to approve, fr. L. approbare; ad + probare to esteem as good, approve, prove. See {Prove}, and cf. {Approbate}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve — UK US /əˈpruːv/ verb ► [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… …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or to express a favorable opinion of. Approve often means no more than this {daring them . . . to approve her conduct Conrad} Sometimes, however, it suggests esteem or admiration {Jane… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • approve — (v.) c.1300, to demonstrate, prove; mid 14c., to attest (something) with authority, from O.Fr. aprover (Mod.Fr. approuver) approve, agree to, from L. approbare to assent to as good, regard as good, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + probare to try,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • approve — [v1] agree something is good accept, acclaim, admire, applaud, appreciate, approbate, be big on*, commend, countenance, esteem, face it, favor, go along with, grin and bear it*, handle, like, live with*, praise, put up with, regard highly,… …   New thesaurus

  • approve — ► VERB 1) (often approve of) believe that someone or something is good or acceptable. 2) officially acknowledge as satisfactory. ORIGIN Old French aprover, from Latin approbare …   English terms dictionary

  • approve — [ə pro͞ov′] vt. approved, approving [ME aproven < OFr aprover < L approbare < ad , to + probare, to try, test < probus, good] 1. to give one s consent to; sanction; confirm 2. to be favorable toward; think or declare to be good,… …   English World dictionary

  • Approve — Ap*prove ([a^]p*pr[=oo]v ), v. t. [OF. aprouer; a (L. ad) + a form apparently derived fr. the pro, prod, in L. prodest it is useful or profitable, properly the preposition pro for. Cf. {Improve}.] (Eng. Law) To make profit of; to convert to one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve */*/*/ — UK [əˈpruːv] / US [əˈpruv] verb Word forms approve : present tense I/you/we/they approve he/she/it approves present participle approving past tense approved past participle approved Get it right: approve: When approve means to have a positive… …   English dictionary

  • approve — verb (approved; approving) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French apruer, approver, from Latin approbare, from ad + probare to prove more at prove Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete prove, attest …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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