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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

approval of, approval to, approve, approve of

Approval suggests agreement or consent and can be followed by the preposition of or to.

  • Your approval means a lot to me.
  • Dad nodded his approval of my brother’s plans, while Mom shook her head in silent disapproval.
  • The team owner gave her approval to the manager’s request for longer workouts.

Approve means to sanction or ratify.

  • Treasury Board has approved the expenditure reduction plan.

Approve of means to think well of.

  • The Deputy Minister approved of Szabo’s bold initiative.