approve


approve
approve, endorse, sanction, accredit, certify mean to have or to express a favorable opinion of.
Approve often means no more than this
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daring them . . . to approve her conduct Conrad

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Sometimes, however, it suggests esteem or admiration
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Jane secretly approved his discernment— Rose Macaul&y

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Endorse adds to approve the implication of backing or supporting (as by an explicit statement): it is therefore used chiefly in reference to things requiring promotion or publicity
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endorse a person’s candidacy

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endorse the platform of a new political party

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endorse a brand of cigarette

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Sanction not only implies approval but also authorization
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the school dances were sanctioned by the board of education

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The one that sanctions may be not only a person or group but something that provides a standard by which something can be approved and authorized or disapproved and discountenanced
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proposed laws not sanctioned by public opinion

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some churches permit divorce, but do not sanction remarriage

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these statements are sanctioned by common sense— Joseph Gilbert

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the court has also sanctioned recently some federal efforts to protect Negroes in the South from violence— Barth

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Accredit and certify usually imply official endorsement and conformity with certain standards. Their selection is dependent on idiom rather than on distinctions in meaning
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an accredited herd of dairy cattle

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certified milk

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an accredited school

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a certified teacher

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a certified public accountant

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labels by which brain merit is advertised and certified—medals, honors, degrees— Woolf

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Accredited, however, is sometimes used generally as implying public approval or general acceptance
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if any . . . break away from accredited custom— lnge

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sages so fully accredited as Mr. Bertrand Russell— Montague

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Analogous words: *commend, applaud, compliment: *ratify, confirm
Antonyms: disapprove
Contrasted words: reject, refuse, repudiate, spurn (see DECLINE): condemn, reprehend, *criticize

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  • Approve — Ap*prove , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Approved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approving}.] [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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve — UK US /əˈpruːv/ verb ► [T] to accept, allow, or officially agree to something: » The measure was approved by the Senate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs. »The aluminum producer could begin recalling workers on Tuesday if the union… …   Financial and business terms

  • approve of sb — approve of sb/sth ► to have a good opinion of someone or something: »Close to 90% of people approve of his handling of the crisis. Main Entry: ↑approve …   Financial and business terms

  • approve — ap·prove vt ap·proved, ap·prov·ing: to give formal or official sanction to: ratify Congress approved the proposed budget Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • approve — (v.) c.1300, to demonstrate, prove; mid 14c., to attest (something) with authority, from O.Fr. aprover (Mod.Fr. approuver) approve, agree to, from L. approbare to assent to as good, regard as good, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + probare to try,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • approve — [v1] agree something is good accept, acclaim, admire, applaud, appreciate, approbate, be big on*, commend, countenance, esteem, face it, favor, go along with, grin and bear it*, handle, like, live with*, praise, put up with, regard highly,… …   New thesaurus

  • approve — ► VERB 1) (often approve of) believe that someone or something is good or acceptable. 2) officially acknowledge as satisfactory. ORIGIN Old French aprover, from Latin approbare …   English terms dictionary

  • approve — [ə pro͞ov′] vt. approved, approving [ME aproven < OFr aprover < L approbare < ad , to + probare, to try, test < probus, good] 1. to give one s consent to; sanction; confirm 2. to be favorable toward; think or declare to be good,… …   English World dictionary

  • Approve — Ap*prove ([a^]p*pr[=oo]v ), v. t. [OF. aprouer; a (L. ad) + a form apparently derived fr. the pro, prod, in L. prodest it is useful or profitable, properly the preposition pro for. Cf. {Improve}.] (Eng. Law) To make profit of; to convert to one s …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • approve of — index countenance, permit Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary


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