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1    acclaim, admire, applaud, appreciate, be pleased with, commend, esteem, favour, have a good opinion of, like, praise, regard highly, respect, think highly of  
2    accede to, accept, advocate, agree to, allow, assent to, authorize, bless, buy into     (informal)   concur in, confirm, consent to, countenance, endorse, give the go-ahead     (informal)   give the green light, go along with, mandate, O.K. or okay     (informal)   pass, permit, ratify, recommend, sanction, second, subscribe to, uphold, validate  
1    blame, censure, condemn, deplore, deprecate, disapprove, dislike, find unacceptable, frown on, look down one's nose at     (informal)   object to, take exception to  
2    disallow, discountenance, veto  
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  ( approves    3rd person present)   ( approving    present participle)   ( approved    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you approve of an action, event, or suggestion, you like it or are pleased about it.  
oft with brd-neg  
Not everyone approves of the festival...      V of n  
2       verb   If you approve of someone or something, you like and admire them.  
oft with brd-neg  
You've never approved of Henry, have you?...      V of n  
3       verb   If someone in a position of authority approves a plan or idea, they formally agree to it and say that it can happen.   (=sanction)  
The Russian Parliament has approved a program of radical economic reforms...      V n  

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