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v. -proved, -prov•ing. v.t.
approve- Its original sense was "prove, demonstrate."
If you approve of someone or something, you have a good opinion of them.
Don't say that you 'approve to' someone or something.
If someone in authority approves a plan or idea, they formally agree to it and say that it can happen.
Don't use 'of' for this meaning of approve. Don't say, for example, 'The directors quickly approved of the new deal'.
Past participle: approved
|Verb||1.||approve - give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"|
authorize, authorise, clear, pass - grant authorization or clearance for; "Clear the manuscript for publication"; "The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography"
sanction - give religious sanction to, such as through on oath; "sanctify the marriage"
visa - approve officially; "The list of speakers must be visaed"
back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support - be behind; approve of; "He plumped for the Labor Party"; "I backed Kennedy in 1960"
confirm - support a person for a position; "The Senate confirmed the President's candidate for Secretary of Defense"
|2.||approve - judge to be right or commendable; think well of|
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
rubberstamp - approve automatically
disapprove - consider bad or wrong
agree to veto, disallow, discountenance
the council has approved the construction of a hotel → el ayuntamiento ha dado su aprobación para or ha aprobado la construcción de un hotel
he's not allowed sweets, his mother doesn't approve → no le dejan comer caramelos, a su madre no le gusta
he doesn't approve of drinking → no le parece bien or no le gusta que se beba alcohol
I don't approve of her going → no me parece bien or no me gusta que vaya
to be approved by sb → être approuvé par qn
Do you approve? → Êtes-vous d'accord?
I don't approve of his choice → Je n'approuve pas son choix., Je désapprouve son choix.
They didn't approve of his girlfriend
BUT Sa copine ne leur a pas plu.
My father did not approve of the marriage
BUT Mon père était contre ce mariage.