Definition of approval in English:


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  • 1The action of approving something.

    ‘the road plans have been given approval’
    • ‘they have delayed the launch to await project approvals’
    acceptance, agreement, consent, assent, acquiescence, compliance, concurrence
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    1. 1.1The belief that someone or something is good or acceptable.
      • ‘step-parents need to win a child's approval’
      approbation, appreciation, favour, liking, encouragement, support, acceptance
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/əˈpro͞ovəl/ /əˈpruvəl/


    on approval
    • (of goods) supplied on condition that they may be returned if not satisfactory.

      ‘we would be happy to send you a selection on approval’
      • ‘She immediately sent him three tree of life panels on approval, which he returned because ‘I don't think they really suit the style of my house.’’
      • ‘We will rush a framing job when necessary to accommodate and will not add rush fees; we allow work to go out on approval and be returned if it does not work; and we offer free consultation services.’
      • ‘He added that services like discounts, selection, art on approval, flaming, installation, commissions and delivery can help, as well.’
      • ‘As soon as the ministry gives its opinion, the project will be forwarded to the Cabinet, which on approval will submit it to Parliament.’
      • ‘I have it on approval and I'm trying to decide if it's The One, but I can't tell.’
      • ‘‘We have great relationships with our artists and they will send us work on approval to show clients,’ says the 27-year veteran of the art market.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he asks ‘for the article to be sent on approval, along with some other engravings and sketches which appeared in the same catalog’.’
      • ‘They have confidence that at your gallery they will be happily welcomed, you will be eager to show them your merchandise and quick to let you take art home on approval.’
      • ‘And designers want to take out the samples and artwork on approval so they can show them to their customers and see how they will look in the space.’
      • ‘They can take what they bought to their home on approval for a week.’
    seal of approval
    • An official statement or indication that something is accepted or regarded favorably.

      ‘the minister gave his seal of approval to the project’
      • ‘It didn't get the official stamp of approval again until 1926, when the university senate and principal gave the procession a cautious thumbs-up.’
      • ‘The big news this week is that the planners have given the official stamp of approval for the new community facility in the fields opposite Marshallstown houses.’
      • ‘They and the conservation lobby continue to hope that their efforts to preserve the city's heritage will soon get an official stamp of approval.’
      • ‘Thus, companies hire reputable accounting firms to put their stamp of approval on their financial statements.’
      • ‘Rarely, if ever, however, will espionage receive the official seal of approval from a board of directors.’
      • ‘His Cabinet today put its stamp of approval to the state support and land-lease agreements but not without some tinkering.’
      • ‘These involved checking replacement parts against blueprints, and ensuring that they were correctly fitted, giving them a rubber stamp of approval.’
      • ‘Over a million pages of documentation is required before any new drug can get the stamp of approval from world health authorities.’
      • ‘Is it more like a rubber stamp of approval for anything the vaccine makers want as a required vaccine?’
      • ‘One way a Web site can show its compliance with recognized standards is to display a seal of approval from a validating agency.’