(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. accept, like, support, recognize, ratify, endorse, OK (inf.). See approbation.Ant., reject, refuse.
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To give approval]
Syn. ratify, affirm, support, countenance, endorse, sign, countersign, confirm, license, consent to, agree to, assent to, sanction, empower, charter, validate, seal, legalize, recognize, accredit, certify, give one's blessing, recommend, make law, pronounce legal, authorize, second, subscribe to, adopt, make valid, sustain, uphold, concur in, allow, permit, go along with, maintain, vote for, accede to, corroborate, acquiesce in, establish, homologate, pass, OK, give the go-ahead*, give the green light*, give one's imprimatur*, rubber-stamp*, come around*.
Ant. reject, veto, deny*.
2. [To favor]
Syn. encourage, be in favor of, favor, support, recommend, make allowances for, subscribe to, advocate, accept, tolerate, condone, appreciate, acclaim, applaud, take kindly to, go for*, hold with*; see also sense 1, praise 1 .
Syn.- approve , the most general of the following terms, means simply to regard as good or satisfactory; endorse adds the further implication of active support or advocacy [ to endorse a candidate for office ] ; sanction implies authoritative approval [ a practice sanctioned by the charter ] ; certify implies official approval because of compliance with the requirements or standards [ a certified public accountant ] ; ratify implies official approval of that which has been done by one's representative [ to ratify a peace treaty ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. esteem regard, favor, like, respect, accept, bless, honor.
2. sanction consent, support, endorse, authorize, permit, allow, ratify.
ANT.: 1. disapprove, disrespect. 2. deny, refuse, reject
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To be favorably disposed toward: countenance, favor, hold with. Informal: go for. Idiom: take kindly to. See PRAISE. 2. To give one's consent to: allow, approbate, authorize, consent, endorse, let, permit, sanction. Informal: OK. See ALLOW. 3. To accept officially: adopt, affirm, confirm, pass, ratify, sanction. See ACCEPT, LAW.

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  • Approve — Ap*prove , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Approved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approving}.] [OE. aproven, appreven, to prove, OF. aprover, F. approuver, to approve, fr. L. approbare; ad + probare to esteem as good, approve, prove. See {Prove}, and cf. {Approbate}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve — UK US /əˈpruːv/ verb ► [T] to accept, allow, or officially agree to something: » The measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs. »The aluminum producer could begin recalling workers on Tuesday if the union… …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or to express a favorable opinion of. Approve often means no more than this {daring them . . . to approve her conduct Conrad} Sometimes, however, it suggests esteem or admiration {Jane… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • approve of sb — approve of sb/sth ► to have a good opinion of someone or something: »Close to 90% of people approve of his handling of the crisis. Main Entry: ↑approve …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — ap·prove vt ap·proved, ap·prov·ing: to give formal or official sanction to: ratify Congress approved the proposed budget Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • approve — (v.) c.1300, to demonstrate, prove; mid 14c., to attest (something) with authority, from O.Fr. aprover (Mod.Fr. approuver) approve, agree to, from L. approbare to assent to as good, regard as good, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + probare to try,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • approve — [v1] agree something is good accept, acclaim, admire, applaud, appreciate, approbate, be big on*, commend, countenance, esteem, face it, favor, go along with, grin and bear it*, handle, like, live with*, praise, put up with, regard highly,… …   New thesaurus

  • approve — ► VERB 1) (often approve of) believe that someone or something is good or acceptable. 2) officially acknowledge as satisfactory. ORIGIN Old French aprover, from Latin approbare …   English terms dictionary

  • approve — [ə pro͞ov′] vt. approved, approving [ME aproven < OFr aprover < L approbare < ad , to + probare, to try, test < probus, good] 1. to give one s consent to; sanction; confirm 2. to be favorable toward; think or declare to be good,… …   English World dictionary

  • Approve — Ap*prove ([a^]p*pr[=oo]v ), v. t. [OF. aprouer; a (L. ad) + a form apparently derived fr. the pro, prod, in L. prodest it is useful or profitable, properly the preposition pro for. Cf. {Improve}.] (Eng. Law) To make profit of; to convert to one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve of — index countenance, permit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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