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To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm:
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  1. To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm:
  2. To affirm or approve, usually after the fact. To affirm or approve, usually after the fact.
  3. To approve or confirm; esp., to give official sanction to
To make a solemn promise. See also oath.
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  1. To make a solemn promise. See also oath.
  2. To declare positively; assert to be true:
  3. To assert that one will give true testimony equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
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  1. To assume and carry successfully, as the part of an actor; to represent or act; to sustain.
  2. To show or tend to show to be true; help prove, vindicate, or corroborate
  3. To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve:
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  1. To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve:
  2. To give support or sanction to; approve or tolerate
To state, as in an advertisement, that one approves of (a product, service, etc.), often in return for a fee
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  1. To state, as in an advertisement, that one approves of (a product, service, etc.), often in return for a fee
  2. To express approval of or give support to, especially by public statement; sanction:
  3. To give approval to; support; sanction
(Now Rare) To indicate or express by a sign; signal
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  1. (Now Rare) To indicate or express by a sign; signal
  2. To express (a word or thought, for example) by sign language:
  3. To engage by written contract; sign on
To sign (a previously signed document) to vouch for the authenticity of the document.
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  1. To sign (a previously signed document) to vouch for the authenticity of the document.
  2. (By extension) to add a second signature to a document, affirming the validity of the signature of another person
  3. To sign one’s own name next to one’s own or someone else’s to authenticate, reinforce, or verify the first signature. To sign one’s own name next to one’s own or someone else’s to authenticate, reinforce, or verify the first signature.
To cause to undergo the religious ceremony of confirmation
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  1. To cause to undergo the religious ceremony of confirmation
  2. To prove the truth, validity, or authenticity of; verify
  3. To support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify:
To grant a license to or for; authorize.
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  1. To grant a license to or for; authorize.
  2. To give license or a license to or for; permit formally
To give official authorization or approval to:
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  1. To give official authorization or approval to:
  2. To give official authorization or approval to; to countenance.
  3. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. Authorization and/or approval by someone in a position of authority; for example, the act of imposing a penalty.
To give ability to; enable; permit
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  1. To give ability to; enable; permit
  2. To give power or authority to; authorize
  3. To give someone more confidence and/or strength to do something, often by enabling them to increase their control over their own life or situation.
To hire or lease by charter:
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  1. To hire or lease by charter:
  2. To grant a charter to; establish by charter.
  3. To hire (a bus or airplane, for example) for the exclusive, temporary use of a group of travelers.
To render valid.
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  1. To render valid.
  2. To authorize as by signing, stamping, etc.
  3. To establish the soundness, accuracy, or legitimacy of:
To grant, assign, or designate with a seal, pledge, etc.
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  1. To grant, assign, or designate with a seal, pledge, etc.
  2. To secure or prevent passage into and out of (an area). Often used with off:
  3. In common law, an impression in wax, wafer, or other substance put on a document and attesting to its authenticity; a similar impression placed over the edge of an envelope, its unbroken condition indicating that the envelope is unopened, hence its contents are untampered with. A corporation’s seal is at times called a common seal. In common law, an impression in wax, wafer, or other substance put on a document and attesting to its authenticity; a similar impression placed over the edge of an envelope, its unbroken condition indicating that the envelope is unopened, hence its contents are untampered with. A corporation’s seal is at times called a common seal. the act of placing an impression upon an envelope or document to designate that it is undisturbed, the act of closing.
To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law:
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  1. To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law:
To show acquaintance with (a person) by greeting
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  1. To show acquaintance with (a person) by greeting
  2. To accept as a fact; admit; accept
  3. To show awareness of; approve of or appreciate:
To recognize as outstanding.
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  1. To recognize as outstanding.
  2. To authorize; give credentials to
  3. To give credit to:
To judicially determine that a person is mentally or otherwise not competent.
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  1. To judicially determine that a person is mentally or otherwise not competent.
  2. To declare (a thing) true, accurate, certain, etc. by formal statement, often in writing; verify; attest
  3. To judicially determine that a group of individuals or entities meets the requirements to proceed with a class action. See also certification and decertify.
To advise or counsel:
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  1. To advise or counsel:
  2. To give advice or counsel:
  3. To suggest favorably as suited for some use, function, position, etc.
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  1. To give (someone) permission; to sanction or consent.
  2. To give power or authority to; empower; commission
  3. To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific).
To give support or encouragement to; further; reinforce
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  1. To give support or encouragement to; further; reinforce
  2. To act as an aide or second to; aid; assist
  3. To indicate formally one's approval or support of (a motion, nomination, etc.) as a necessary preliminary to discussion of or a vote on it
To choose and bring into a certain relationship
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  1. To choose and bring into a certain relationship
  2. To become the owner or caretaker of (a pet, especially one from a shelter).
  3. To take up and use (an idea, a practice, etc.) as one's own
To provide for the support of; specif., to provide sustenance or nourishment for
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  1. To provide for the support of; specif., to provide sustenance or nourishment for
  2. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage:
  3. To support or adequately maintain over a long period of time; (in court) to uphold; to rule in favor of; to corroborate. See also overrule. To support or adequately maintain over a long period of time; (in court) to uphold; to rule in favor of; to corroborate. See also overrule.
To hold aloft; raise:
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  1. To hold aloft; raise:
  2. To decide in favor of; agree with and support against opposition; sustain
  3. To give moral or spiritual support or encouragement to
To assert; declare:
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  1. To assert; declare:
  2. To take a possibility into account; make allowance:
  3. To provide or allot (a certain amount, period of time, etc.) for a purpose
To allow; consent to; tolerate
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  1. To allow; consent to; tolerate
  2. To give opportunity for
  3. To afford opportunity; allow:
(Idiomatic) to comply with something, even if reluctantly; to accept or tolerate.
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  1. (Idiomatic) to comply with something, even if reluctantly; to accept or tolerate.
To defend or hold against criticism or attack:
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  1. To defend or hold against criticism or attack:
  2. To keep in existence; sustain:
  3. To support by aid, influence, protection, etc.
(Obs.) To strengthen
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  1. (Obs.) To strengthen
  2. To make more certain the validity of; confirm; bolster; support
  3. To confirm, ratify, strengthen, or support, especially by additional authority or evidence. To confirm, ratify, strengthen, or support, especially by additional authority or evidence.
To cause to be able to grow or thrive:
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  1. To cause to be able to grow or thrive:
  2. To bring about; generate or effect:
  3. To cause (an institution, for example) to come into existence or begin operating; found; set up.
(Civil Law) To confirm officially, as by a court of justice
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  1. (Civil Law) To confirm officially, as by a court of justice
  2. To approve or countenance
  3. To confirm, ratify or approve, especially officially or legally
To go, change, or be conveyed from one place, form, condition, circumstance, possession, etc. to another
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  1. To go, change, or be conveyed from one place, form, condition, circumstance, possession, etc. to another
  2. To cause or allow to stand approved; ratify; sanction; enact; approve
  3. To go through a trial, test, examination, or course of study successfully; satisfy given requirements or standards
To put the impression of a rubber stamp on
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  1. To put the impression of a rubber stamp on
  2. (Informal) To approve or endorse in a routine manner, without thought
  3. (Colloquial) to process, approve or decide matters routinely rather than through careful consideration
  1. To regain consciousness after a faint etc.
  2. (Idiomatic) To change one's mind, especially to begin to agree or appreciate what one was reluctant to accept at first.
  1. To foster, give help or patronage
  2. To give support to; foster:
  3. To mentally support; to motivate, give courage, hope or spirit.
To use gently; spare
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  1. To use gently; spare
  2. To believe to be most likely to succeed:
  3. To be for; support; advocate; endorse
To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases:
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  1. To keep from falling in value, as by government purchases:
  2. To verify; to make good; to substantiate; to establish; to sustain.
  3. To be accountable for, or involved with, but not responsible for.
To make attractive or acceptable:
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  1. To make attractive or acceptable:
  2. To suggest favorably as suited for some use, function, position, etc.
  3. To give advice or counsel:
To act as an advocate:
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  1. To act as an advocate:
  2. One who actively assists, defends, pleads, prosecutes, speaks, writes, or otherwise supports the cause of another. One who actively assists, defends, pleads, prosecutes, speaks, writes, or otherwise supports the cause of another. A lawyer. To speak, write, or otherwise support a cause by argument.
  3. To speak or write in support of; be in favor of
To endure resignedly or patiently:
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  1. To endure resignedly or patiently:
  2. To receive something, especially with favor. Often used with of.
  3. (Law) To receive with intent to retain and adopt
To recognize and respect (others' beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them
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  1. To recognize and respect (others' beliefs, practices, etc.) without sharing them
  2. To not interfere with; allow; permit
  3. To recognize and respect (the rights, beliefs, or practices of others).
To forgive, pardon, or overlook (an offense)
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  1. To forgive, pardon, or overlook (an offense)
  2. To overlook, forgive, or disregard (an offense) without protest or censure.
To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize:
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  1. To be fully aware of or sensitive to; realize:
  2. To think well of; understand and enjoy; esteem
  3. To be thankful or show gratitude for:
To greet with loud applause or approval
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  1. To greet with loud applause or approval
  2. To announce with much applause or praise; hail
  3. To praise enthusiastically and often publicly.
To show approval of by clapping, cheering, etc.
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  1. To show approval of by clapping, cheering, etc.
  2. To express approval, especially by clapping the hands.
  3. To express approval of (someone or something) especially by such clapping.
To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve:
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  1. To give sanction or support to; tolerate or approve:
  2. To give support or sanction to; approve or tolerate
To use gently; spare
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  1. To use gently; spare
  2. To look like; resemble in facial features
  3. (Chiefly Southern US) To resemble in appearance:
To let do, happen, etc.; permit; let
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  1. To let do, happen, etc.; permit; let
  2. To let do or happen; permit:
  3. To let have
To sanction officially; authorize.
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  1. To sanction officially; authorize.
  2. (Now Rare) To approve or sanction
To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something).
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  1. To permit (something), to sanction or consent to (something).
  2. To grant (someone) power or authority (to do something specific).
  3. To give (someone) permission; to sanction or consent.
(Obs.) To agree
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  1. (Obs.) To agree
  2. To give permission, approval, or assent (to something proposed or requested) in opinion
  3. To give assent, as to the proposal of another; agree:
To write on the back of (a document)
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  1. To write on the back of (a document)
  2. To give approval to; support; sanction
  3. To sign (one's name) as payee on the back of (a check, money order, etc.)
Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
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  1. Used as an auxiliary in the imperative to express a command, request, or proposal:
  2. To give permission or opportunity to; allow:
  3. To release from or as if from confinement:
To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
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  1. To allow the doing of (something); consent to:
  2. To grant consent or leave to (someone); authorize:
  3. To allow; consent to; tolerate
To authorize or permit; countenance
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  1. To authorize or permit; countenance
  2. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. Authorization and/or approval by someone in a position of authority; for example, the act of imposing a penalty.
  3. To give sanction to
Is that acceptable, agreeable, etc. to you?
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  1. Is that acceptable, agreeable, etc. to you?
  2. Yes; very well
  3. To approve.
To choose and bring into a certain relationship
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  1. To choose and bring into a certain relationship
  2. To take on the legal responsibilities as parent of (a child that is not one's biological child).
  3. To vote to accept:
To declare positively; assert to be true:
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  1. To declare positively; assert to be true:
  2. To say positively; declare firmly; assert to be true
  3. To assert that one will give true testimony equivalent to that which would be given while under oath.
To support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify:
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  1. To support or establish the certainty or validity of; verify:
  2. To cause to undergo the religious ceremony of confirmation
  3. To prove the truth, validity, or authenticity of; verify
To cause or allow to go through a trial, test, or examination successfully:
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  1. To cause or allow to go through a trial, test, or examination successfully:
  2. To convey property to an heir or heirs:
  3. To pronounce; utter:
To affirm or approve, usually after the fact. To affirm or approve, usually after the fact.
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  1. To affirm or approve, usually after the fact. To affirm or approve, usually after the fact.
  2. To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm:
  3. To approve or confirm; esp., to give official sanction to
To give official authorization or approval to:
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  1. To give official authorization or approval to:
  2. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. A penalty imposed for violating accepted social norms. A sanction may be civil or criminal in nature. Criminal sanctions are either fine, imprisonment, or both. Authorization and/or approval by someone in a position of authority; for example, the act of imposing a penalty.
  3. To give sanction to

Synonym Study

  • Ratify implies official approval of that which has been done by one's representative to ratify a peace treaty
  • Certify implies official approval because of compliance with the requirements or standards a certified public accountant
  • Sanction implies authoritative approval a practice sanctioned by the charter
  • Endorse adds the further implication of active support or advocacy to endorse a candidate for office
  • Approve , the most general of the following terms, means simply to regard as good or satisfactory
Find another word for approve. In this page you can discover 95 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for approve, like: ratify, affirm, support, countenance, endorse, sign, countersign, confirm, license, consent to and agree to.