October 12, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
approval ˈpruːvəl/ noun

plural approvals

Using thumbs up to show approval
Using thumbs up to show approval
Learner's definition of APPROVAL

1 [noncount] : the belief that something or someone is good or acceptable : a good opinion of someone or something

  • children who never gained/won their parents' approval

  • He nodded in full approval of their decision. [=he nodded to show that he agreed with their decision]

  • I hope that these arrangements meet with your approval. [=I hope that these arrangements are acceptable to you; I hope that you approve of these arrangements]

  • The governor's approval rating with the voters is going up. [=a larger number of voters say that the governor is doing a good job]

2 : permission to do something : acceptance of an idea, action, plan, etc.


  • Do I have your approval to make the changes?

  • The change is subject to the committee's approval. [=the change must be approved by the committee]

  • The rally will be on May 19, provided the city gives its approval.

  • The company is seeking approval of the drug [=is seeking official permission to sell the drug] as a treatment for cancer.

  • The government has so far withheld approval of the drug.


  • We were required to get approvals at each stage of the project.

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