Ap·prove v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approved p. pr. & vb. n. Approving.]
1. To show to be real or true; to prove. [Obs.]
Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve
First thy obedience. --Milton.
2. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
Opportunities to approve . . . worth. --Emerson.
He had approved himself a great warrior. --Macaulay.
'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true. --Byron.
His account . . . approves him a man of thought. --Parkman.
3. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial.
4. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of the administration.
5. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God. --Rogers.
Note: ☞ This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably (of), is often followed by of.
They had not approved of the deposition of James. --Macaulay.
They approved of the political institutions. --W. Black.
Ap·prove v. t. Eng. Law To make profit of; to convert to one's own profit; -- said esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of the manor.
v 1: give sanction to; "I approve of his educational policies"
[syn: O.K., okay, sanction] [ant: disapprove]
2: judge to be right or commendable; think well of [ant: disapprove]