American English

Definition of approval noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the feeling that someone or something is good or acceptable; a positive opinion of someone or something She desperately wanted to win her father's approval. Do the plans meet with your approval? Several people nodded in approval. opposite disapproval
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] agreement to, or permission for something, especially a plan or request The plan will be submitted to the committee for official approval. congressional/government approval Senior management has given its seal of approval (= formal approval) to the plans. I can't agree to anything without my partner's approval. planning approvals The proposal is subject to approval by the shareholders (= they need to agree to it). approval (for something) (from somebody) They required/received approval for the proposal from the shareholders.
  3. 3[uncountable] if you buy goods, or if goods are sold, on approval, you can use them for a time without paying, until you decide if you want to buy them or not
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: approval