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verb     approve pronunciation in British English
/əˈpruːv/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyapprove
he/she/itapproves
present participleapproving
past tenseapproved
past participleapproved
 
  1. 1
    [intransitive] [never progressive] to have a positive feeling towards someone or something that you consider to be good or suitable

    You’re leaving college! Do your parents approve?

    approve of:

    He seemed to approve of my choice.

    approve of someone doing something:

    I don’t really approve of children wearing make-up.

  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to give official agreement or permission to something
    be approved for something:

    These chemicals were only approved for use in animal foods.

 
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