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verb (approv, ing)
  1. (transitive) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm.
Although we may disagree with it, we must nevertheless the sentence handed down by the court-martial.
  1. (transitive) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of.
We the measure of the administration, for it is an excellent decision.
  1. (transitive) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
Opportunities to . . . worth. --Emerson.
He had approved himself a great warrior. --Macaulay.
'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true. --Byron.
His account . . . approves him a man of thought. --Parkman.
  1. (transitive) To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God. --Rogers.
Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably (of), is often followed by of.
They had not approved of the deposition of James. --Macaulay.
They approved of the political institutions. --W. Black.

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