Noun > Approval

Noun – 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.