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verb approve pronunciation in American English /əˈpruv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleapproving
past tenseapproved
past participleapproved
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] [never progressive] to have a positive feeling toward 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 makeup.
  2. 2
    [transitive] [often passive] to give official agreement or permission to something
    This year’s budget package has been formally approved by the legislature.
    The new stamps were approved by a special panel of artists.
    be approved for something: These chemicals were only approved for use in animal foods.


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