from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To sanction officially; authorize.
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- v. To give official sanction, consent or authorization
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Approved.
- transitive v. To express approbation of; to approve; to sanction officially.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- . Approved. Sir T. Elyot.
- In Scots law, accepted. See the verb.
- To express approbation of; manifest a liking for or degree of satisfaction in; express approbation of officially, as of a person's fitness for a public office or employment; approve; pass.
- To license: as, to approbate a person to preach; to approbate a man to keep a hotel or other public house.
- In Scots law, to approve or assent to as valid: chiefly in the following phrase.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. approve or sanction officially
- v. accept (documents) as valid
Middle English approbaten, from Latin approbāre, approbāt-, to approve; see approve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)