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noun [uncountable] approval pronunciation in American English /əˈpruv(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a positive feeling that you have toward someone or something that you think is good or suitable

    Children are constantly looking for signs of approval from their parents.

    Her ideas on the family are often quoted with approval by Mr. Bush.

    meet with someone’s approval (=be approved of by someone):

    Most of his girlfriends failed to meet with his father’s approval.

    a nod/smile/murmur of approval:

    A murmur of approval ran through the crowd.

    someone’s approval rating (=a measure of people’s approval of a political leader):

    By July, the President’s approval rating had risen to over 60 percent.

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  2. 2
    official agreement or permission, given by someone in authority
    give/grant (your) approval:

    The mayor has not yet given the plan her approval.

    We sent the design to the planning department for approval.

    subject to someone’s approval (=needing to be approved by them):

    Any recommendations are subject to the approval of stockholders.

    The board has finally given its approval to the loan.


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