approval

[[t]əpru͟ːv(ə)l[/t]]
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1) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp, oft with poss, N for n If you win someone's approval for something that you ask for or suggest, they agree to it.

...efforts to win congressional approval for an aid package for Moscow...

The chairman has also given his approval for an investigation into the case...

The proposed modifications met with widespread approval.

Syn:
2) N-VAR Approval is a formal or official statement that something is acceptable.

The testing and approval of new drugs will be speeded up.

3) N-UNCOUNT: usu with poss If someone or something has your approval, you like and admire them.

His son had an obsessive drive to gain his father's approval...

The president's approval rating had risen.

4) PHRASE: PHR after v If a person or organization gives something their seal of approval or their stamp of approval, they officially say that they like it or think it is acceptable.

Ministers have put their seal of approval on the proposal...

Last November the commission gave its stamp of approval to the deal.


English dictionary. 2008.

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