from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of approving.
  • noun An official approbation; a sanction.
  • noun Favorable regard; commendation.
  • idiom (on approval) For examination or trial by a customer without the obligation to buy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of approving; approbation; commendation; sanction; ratification.
  • noun Synonyms Approbation, Approval (see approbation), acceptance, consent, authorization.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Approbation; sanction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An expression granting permission; an indication of agreement with a proposal; an acknowledgement that a person, thing, or event meets requirements.
  • noun An expression of favorable acceptance and encouragement; a compliment that also condones.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun acceptance as satisfactory
  • noun a feeling of liking something or someone good
  • noun a message expressing a favorable opinion
  • noun the formal act of approving


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

approve +‎ -al


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