To approve of something is to say it’s okay.

simplepastpast participle
  • The bank approved our request for a loan.
  • Vinesha approves of her son’s decision to go into education as a career.
  • Almost everyone approves of the new playground equipment.
  • I hope my application for the position is approved.

The prefix "dis" is used to make the negative for "approve."

  • Roger doesn’t approve of his daughter staying out late at night.
  • He disapproves.
  • We don’t approve of that kind of behavior.
  • We disapprove.
  • A majority of Americans disapprove of the way the situation is being handled.
  • They strongly disapprove.

The word "approval" is a noun:

  • The president of the company gave his approval for the new project before it was started.
  • Approval is needed in order to move forward.
  • These plans will require the approval of several people.
  • The expression on her face shows her disapproval.
  • What will it take to get their approval? What will we have to do?


Her loan request was approved.

The bank gave its approval to her loan request.

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This page was published on May 1, 2017.