Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

approval

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [uncountable] approval pronunciation in British English /əˈpruːv(ə)l/

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    a positive feeling that you have towards 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 Prime Minister's approval rating had risen to over 60 per cent.

  2. 2
    official agreement or permission, given by someone in authority

    We sent the design to the planning department for approval.

    give/grant (your) approval:

    The government has not yet given the scheme its approval.

    The board has finally given its approval to the loan.

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

    Any recommendations are subject to the approval of shareholders.

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog