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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ap·prove /əˈpruv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]