from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To consider right or good; think or speak favorably of.
- transitive v. To consent to officially or formally; confirm or sanction: The Senate approved the treaty.
- transitive v. Obsolete To prove or attest.
- intransitive v. To show, feel, or express approval: didn't approve of the decision.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm.
- v. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of.
- v. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
- v. To consider or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
- v. To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit;—said especially of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To show to be real or true; to prove.
- transitive v. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
- transitive v. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm.
- transitive v. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of.
- transitive v. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
- transitive v. To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit; -- said esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make good; show to be real or true; prove; confirm; attest; corroborate.
- To show; prove to be; demonstrate.
- To sanction officially; ratify authoritatively: as, the decision of the court martial was approved.
- To pronounce good; think or judge well of; admit the propriety or excellence of; be pleased with; commend: as, on trial the goods were approved; to approve the policy of the administration.
- To manifest as worthy of approval; commend: used reflexively.
- To put to the test; prove by trial; try.
- Hence—. To convict upon trial or by proof.
- . To show itself to be; prove or turn out.
- To think or judge well or favorably; be pleased: usually with of.
- In law, to turn to one's own profit; augment the value or profits of, as of waste land, by inclosing and cultivating; improve.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give sanction to
- v. judge to be right or commendable; think well of
Middle English approven, from Old French aprover, from Latin approbāre : ad-, ad- + probāre, to test (from probus, good; see per1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English aproven, appreven ("to prove"), Old French aprover ("to approve"), (French approuver), from Latin approbō, from ad + probō ("to esteem as good, approve, prove"). Compare prove, approbate. (Wiktionary)
Old French aprouer; a- + a form apparently derived from the pro, prod, in Latin prōsum ("be useful or profitable"). Compare with improve. (Wiktionary)