To give official sanction, consent or authorization
1.to approve officially.
1. (Scots law) to accept as valid
2. (Scots law) approbate and reprobate, to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one's interests
3. (mainly US) to sanction officially Word OriginC15, from Latin approbāre to approve, from probāre to testCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
late 15c., from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare "to assent to (as good), favor" (see approve). Related, Approbated; approbating.
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