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1 the formal act of giving approval; "he gave the project his blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any sensible person" [syn: blessing, approving] [ant: disapproval]
2 a feeling of liking something or someone good; "although she fussed at them, she secretly viewed all her children with approval" [ant: disapproval]
3 acceptance as satisfactory; "he bought it on approval" [syn: favorable reception, favourable reception]
4 a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips" [syn: commendation] [ant: disapproval]

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  • a UK /əˈpɹuːvəl/, /@"pr\u:v@l/
  • a US /əˈpɹuvəl/, /@"pr\uv@l/


  1. An expression granting permission; an indication of agreement with a proposal; an acknowledgement that a person, thing, or event meets requirements.
    I need to get an approval on this purchase order.
  2. An expression of favorable acceptance and encouragement; a compliment that also condones.
    Words of approval never seem to come from him.

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