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Etymology 1

Middle English aproven, appreven (to prove), Old French aprover, French approuver (to approve), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] approbō, from ad + probō (to esteem as good, approve, prove). Compare prove, approbate.

Verb

Infinitive
to approve

Third person singular
approv

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to approve (third-person singular simple present approv, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm.
    Although we may disagree with it, we must nevertheless approve the sentence handed down by the court-martial.
  2. (transitive) To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of.
    We approve the measure of the administration, for it is an excellent decision.
  3. (transitive) To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically.
    • Emerson,
      Opportunities to approve . . . worth.
    • Macaulay,
      He had approved himself a great warrior.
    • Byron,
      'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true.
    • Parkman,
      His account . . . approves him a man of thought.
  4. (intransitive) To consider or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
    • Rogers,
      The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God.
    Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably (of), is often followed by of.
    • Macaulay,
      They had not approved of the deposition of James.
    • W. Black,
      They approved of the political institutions.
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Etymology 2

Old French aprouer; a + a form apparently derived from the pro, prod, in [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] prōsum (be useful or profitable). Compare with improve.

Verb

Infinitive
to approve

Third person singular
approv

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to approve (third-person singular simple present approv, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) (English 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.

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