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v. ap·proved, ap·prov·ing, ap·proves
1. To consent to officially or formally; confirm or sanction: The Senate approved the treaty.
2. To consider right or good: "He came to ask me ... whether I approved his choice altogether" (Jane Austen).
3. Obsolete To prove or attest.
To show, feel, or express approval: We didn't approve of the decision.
[Middle English appreven, approven, from Old French aprover, from Latin approbāre : ad-, ad- + probāre, to test (from probus, good; see per in Indo-European roots).]
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|Noun||1.||approving - the formal act of approving; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person"|
adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal - the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
support - aiding the cause or policy or interests of; "the president no longer has the support of his own party"; "they developed a scheme of mutual support"
backing, patronage, championship, backup - the act of providing approval and support; "his vigorous backing of the conservatives got him in trouble with progressives"
|Adj.||1.||approving - expressing or manifesting praise or approval; "approbative criticism"; "an affirmative nod"|