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approve

ap·prove

approve

 
pronunciation:
pruv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: approved, approves, approving
definition 1: to give official sanction to.
The Senate approved the legislation.It was a popular interpretation of the poem, but one that the poet never approved.
synonyms:
accredit, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction
antonyms:
disapprove, reject, veto
similar words:
adopt, affirm, clear, enact, pass, permit, recognize, subscribe, underwrite
definition 2: to consider or declare (something) good or right.
If your mother approves it, you may stay up past your bedtime tonight.
synonyms:
endorse, OK, sanction
antonyms:
condemn, disapprove
similar words:
accept, favor, recommend
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to show approval or think favorably of something or someone.
We heartily approve of the changes you propose.She doesn't approve of her daughter's new friends.Since everyone approves, let's go ahead with the plan.
synonyms:
consent
antonyms:
disapprove
similar words:
agree, allow, assent, hold, 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