- 1 [intransitive] to think that someone or something is good, acceptable, or suitable I told my mother I wanted to drop out of school, but she didn't approve. approve of somebody/something Do you approve of my idea? approve of somebody doing something She doesn't approve of me dropping out of school this year. (formal) approve of somebody's doing something She doesn't approve of my dropping out of school this year. opposite disapprove
- 2[transitive] approve something to officially agree to a plan, request, etc. The committee unanimously approved the plan. Thesaurusagreeaccept approve go along with somebody/something consentThese words all mean to say that you will do what someone wants or that you will allow something to happen.agree to say that you will do what someone wants or that you will allow something to happen:He agreed to let me go early.accept to be satisfied with something that has been done, decided, or suggested:They accepted the court's decision.approve to officially agree to a plan, suggestion, or request:The committee unanimously approved the plan.go along with somebody/something to agree to something that someone else has decided; to agree with someone else's ideas:He just goes along with everything she suggests.consent (formal) to agree to something or give your permission for something:She finally consented to be interviewed.Patterns to agree/consent to something to agree/consent to do something to agree to/accept/approve/go along with/consent to a plan/proposal to agree to/accept/approve a request
- 3 [transitive, often passive] approve something to say that something is good enough to be used, or is correct The course is approved by the Board of Education. The auditors approved the company's accounts.
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NAmE//əˈpruv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they approve
he / she / it approves
past simple approved
-ing form approving