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The hospital did not approve of engagements between nurses and the staff.

I don't suppose it makes any difference whether I approve or not.

Folks pretend to approve of 'em and all the while they're laughing at 'em up their sleeves.

I have written an answer to his letter; will you look at it, and tell me if you approve of it?

"Mademoiselle, I see, does not approve of such bourgeois diversions," said he.

He watched her anxiously, quick to approve her merits as she displayed them.

The friends of the king cannot approve the ambition of the king to die.

I accept your congratulations with pride, and I am glad you approve.'

He had never been able wholly to approve Miss Julia Desmond.

I would rather have you find fault with me like a friend than approve me like a dilettante.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).

The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.

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