approve

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Verb[change]

Plain form
approve

Third-person singular
approves

Past tense
approved

Past participle
approved

Present participle
approving

  1. (transitive) If a person in power approves something such as a plan, a sale, a rule, etc., they say it is OK and it may go ahead.
    Voters there have approved a plan to remove most cars from the city center.
    The Food and Drug Administration has not approved it for medical use.
    The plan must now be approved by the president.
  2. (intransitive) If you approve of something, you think it is good.
    The latest survey shows that only 32 percent approve of the way the president is handling his job.

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