approve

Definitions

  • Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
    Affirmation, approving. Old Roman
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v approve judge to be right or commendable; think well of
    • v approve give sanction to "I approve of his educational policies"
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Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it attested that the goods were of an approved quality and length or amount Lead bale clips used for sealing bales of woolen cloth and other goods. Once a clip had been attached to a bale it...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Approve To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance. "The first care and concern must be to approve himself to God.""They had not approved of the deposition of James.""They approved of the political institutions."
    • v. t Approve (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.
    • Approve To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show practically. "Opportunities to approve . . . worth.""He had approved himself a great warrior.""'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true.""His account . . . approves him a man of thought."
    • Approve To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to think well of; as, we approve the measured of the administration.
    • Approve To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to approve the decision of a court-martial.
    • Approve To show to be real or true; to prove. "Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve First thy obedience."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • approve To make good; show to be real or true; prove; confirm; attest; corroborate.
    • approve To show; prove to be; demonstrate.
    • approve To sanction officially; ratify authoritatively: as, the decision of the court martial was approved.
    • approve To pronounce good; think or judge well of; admit the propriety or excellence of; be pleased with; commend: as, on trial the goods were approved; to approve the policy of the administration.
    • approve To manifest as worthy of approval; commend: used reflexively.
    • approve To put to the test; prove by trial; try.
    • approve Hence—. To convict upon trial or by proof.
    • approve To show itself to be; prove or turn out.
    • approve To think or judge well or favorably; be pleased: usually with of.
    • approve In law, to turn to one's own profit; augment the value or profits of, as of waste land, by inclosing and cultivating; improve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Approve a-prōōv′ to show, demonstrate (also reflexively): to sanction or ratify: to think well of, to be pleased with, to commend:
    • v.i Approve to judge favourably, to be pleased (with of)
    • v.t Approve a-prōōv′ (law) to turn to one's profit, increase the value of.
    • v.t Approve a-prōōv′ (Shak.) to put to the trial, hence also, to convict upon proof
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Quotations

  • Andrew Carnegie
    Andrew%20Carnegie
    “Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.”
  • Denis Waitley
    Denis%20Waitley
    “The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “He gains everyone's approval who mixes the pleasant with the useful.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “I did not attend his funeral; but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved of it. [About a politician who had recently died]”
  • Graham Greene
    Graham%20Greene
    “It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes it fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aprover—L. approbāread, to, and probāre, to test or try—probus, good.

Usage

In literature:

Do you approve of this practice?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
Finally comes the third reading, the question now being whether the House approves the measure as a whole.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
In his face consternation struggled with approval.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
Any Christian conscience at that time would have been satisfied with the settlement approved and commanded by Nehemiah.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
Mrs. Gullick did not exactly approve of Mrs. Temperley.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
According as you approve or disapprove of him, he is "capable of development" or "inconsistent.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
I no approve of the schools.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
But God has given it to me, and I mean to use it in the way of which I believe He will approve.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
The growing friendship between these two young people seemed to meet his hearty approval.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
It became me, and my husband approved it.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
What Hamilton proposed, Yates opposed; what Clinton advocated, Yates approved.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
And you evidently approved.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
This method of procedure should therefore never be approved or adopted.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
Mrs Mallison approved of sociability at meals; conversation helped digestion.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Thirdly he considered her figure, and was pleased to approve.
"What a Man Wills" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The committee approved the plan and submitted it to the country bankers' committee, who also gave their approval.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
Madame had not thought of making any, and as soon as she realized her implied approval, she was resolved to stand by it.
"A Song of a Single Note" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Secretly, though with bitter self-condemnation, he had approved his son's renunciation of the theological course.
"Mr. Claghorn's Daughter" by Hilary Trent
I approv'd the amusing one's self with Poetry now and then, so far as to improve one's Language, but no farther.
"Benjamin Franklin" by Frank Luther Mott
The plan has also been adopted by the postmaster at Washington and has met the approval of the Postmaster General.
"History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America" by John Kerr Tiffany
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In poetry:

Far from ambition's train remov'd,
And pleasure's giddy throng,
Our blameless hours, by Heav'n approv'd,
Shall gently glide along.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
Should burning arrows smite thee through
Strict justice would approve;
But I had rather spare my foe,
And melt his heart with love.
"Psalm 120" by Isaac Watts
My soul would all her thoughts approve
To his all-seeing eye;
Not death, nor hell, my hope shall move,
While such a Friend is nigh.
"Psalm 16 part 1" by Isaac Watts
For, thou had'st witch'd me with a love
Where reason had no part;
I felt that thou would'st e'en approve,
And fondly heard my heart.
"To My Lyre" by James Avis Bartley
Lowly heart, and lowly bearing,
Heaven and earth will best approve.
Jesus! Thou wert meek and lowly—
Low on earth, but Lord above.
"The Lowly Song of A Lowly Bard" by Janet Hamilton
So well approv'd it's sure effect,
To turn aside the' impending harm;
And shall parental Love neglect
To minister the precious balm?
"Lyric Address To Dr. Jenner" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

Bruce Strange, head pitman for Arbutus Ravens Roost 97, gives an approving look after sampling his smoked beef tenderloin during the Ravens Roost Tailgate Cook-off Sept 29.
The FDA approved Lazanda (fentanyl) nasal spray for the management of breakthrough pain in opioid-tolorant cancer patients 18 years or older.
This month the US approved four wells for drilling by Shell Oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska, an energy frontier.
Correction to This Article An earlier version of this column said that the Virginia General Assembly was about to approve $4 billion in borrowing for transportation.
The assembly has since approved the measure.
Last week the Abilene City Council approved the purchase of a military grade armored vehicle which will cost in excess of $220,000.
The Reporter News reported that the Abilene City Council just approved the purchase of an armored vehicle for the Abilene Police Department.
The US Senate gave its approval Wednesday to a new arms control treaty with Russia.
The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved four articles of impeachment against US District Judge Thomas Porteous.
ABS gives Approval in Principle (AIP) to a newly proposed LNG articulated tug & barge re-gasification vessel that facilitates the use of cleaner burning fuel.
Despite limited testing, the FDA has given it a humanitarian exemption and approved its use in people.
Current law requires that children age 3 and younger be secured in a federally approved child-restraint seat, and children ages 4 through 5 must be strapped into an approved child restraint seat or safety belt.
Eli Lilly & Company said yesterday that it had received Food and Drug Administration approval of its Xigris drug for severe sepsis , the first treatment approved for the often fatal overreaction to infection.
Oard approves bid for fire pump at transfer station On Tuesday, the county board approved a bid from Simplex Grinnell to install a fire pump and controls.
0The Michigan Senate approved "Dominick's Law" on Thursday as the bill will now move to the desk of Gov Rick Snyder for final approval .
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In science:

Our numerical results (Figure 12) will approve this fact.
Computations in Quantum Tensor Networks
Figure 2 shows that the seven models are convexes and situated over the first bisector, which lead us to affirm that our models are statistically approved and not useless.
Transfer Learning Using Logistic Regression in Credit Scoring
We will approve the spacelike signature convention (− + + +) and units in which the gravitational constant and the speed of light are equal to one.
General-relativistic Model of Magnetically Driven Jet
Utilizing polarized protons at RHIC for the (approved) experiments STAR and PHENIX and, possibly, for the suggested internal polarized target experiment HERA– ~N at HERA, the measurement of ∆G seems feasible in the range 0.1 ≤ xg luon ≤ 0.35.
On a Possibility to Determine the Sign of the Polarized Gluon Distribution
The SLD experiment is approved to continue running with a polarized electron beam through 1998.
The polarized electron beam for the SLAC Linear Collider
The AMS proposal was approved by NASA and the DOE in 1995, and scheduled for a first test flight in the space shuttle, to be launched on the 2nd of April of 1998.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
My hunch is that AMS was not approved because of its capability to search for cosmic-ray antinuclei.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
It must have been approved because of the observational improvements it will bring in “orthodox” areas of physics such as the measurement of the low-energy ¯p flux, an indirect window into the annihilation of halo super-wimps 32 , as we have already mentioned.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
In March 1997, after obtaining a kind approval from the Carnegie Institution of Washington, we have moved our instrument to the Las Campanas Observatory, Chile, which is operated by the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
The All Sky Automated Survey
If the pro ject is approved and completed, the TA collaboration intends to install on the Utah site 8 stations in a snake-shaped pattern which would extend from the present position of the HiRes detector in Dugway to the future northern site of the Auger Observatory in Millard County (about 100 km south of Dugway).
Physics of Extremely High Energy Cosmic Rays
The CERN-Gran Sasso neutrino beam was approved at the end of 1999 .
Summary of Neutrino 2000
These are notoriously difficult to organize since many traditional observatories require advanced notification and approval and do not readily respond to Targets of Opportunity.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000
EUSO: The Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO) [71,73,67] is a multinational joint effort which has been approved by the European Space Agency for an accommodation study.
Summary: ZeV Air Showers. Where do we Stand?
We have presented a test facility for the GENIUS experiment, GENIUS-TF, which is approved and is going to be installed at LNGS in the course of the year 2001.
GENIUS-TF: a test facility for the GENIUS project
Two dedicated experiments are now approved LHCb and BTeV.
Conference Summary - Beauty 2000
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