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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 say that you accept something; to say yes to something.
The bank approved Sam's loan application.
synonyms:
endorse
similar words:
adopt, pass, permit, recognize
definition 2: to have a good opinion of someone or something.
Mrs. Garcia doesn't approve of people who smoke.
synonyms:
consent
antonyms:
disapprove
similar words:
agree, allow
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