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approve

ap·prove

approve

 
pronunciation:
pruv
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part of speech: verb
inflections: approved, approves, approving
definition 1: to consider good or right.
If your mother approves it, you may stay up past your bedtime tonight.
synonyms:
endorse, OK, sanction
antonyms:
condemn
similar words:
accept, favor, recommend
definition 2: to accept and allow officially.
The town council approved a new building plan.
synonyms:
authorize, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction
antonyms:
veto
similar words:
adopt, affirm, clear, enact, pass, permit, recognize, subscribe
definition 3: to show approval or think well of something or someone.
He does not approve of people who smoke.Since everyone approves, let's go ahead with this plan.
synonyms:
consent
antonyms:
disapprove
similar words:
agree, allow, assent, subscribe, sympathize
derivations: approving (adj.), approvingly (adv.)
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The word approve contains the following parts:
ap- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix ap- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "p." See ad-.
prob, prov, -prove Latin root that means good; test, prove