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 Dictionary entry overview: What does approval mean? 

  The noun APPROVAL has 4 senses:

1. the formal act of approving
2. a feeling of liking something or someone good
3. acceptance as satisfactory
4. a message expressing a favorable opinion

  Familiarity information: APPROVAL used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1approval [BACK TO TOP]


The formal act of approving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


approval; approving; blessing

Context examples:

he gave the project his blessing / his decision merited the approval of any sensible person

Hypernyms ("approval" is a kind of...):

support (aiding the cause or policy or interests of)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approval"):

acceptance; acceptation; adoption; espousal (the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception)

backing; backup; championship; patronage (the act of providing approval and support)

admiration; appreciation (a favorable judgment)

reinforcement; reward (an act performed to strengthen approved behavior)


disapproval (the act of disapproving or condemning)

Sense 2approval [BACK TO TOP]


A feeling of liking something or someone good

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context example:

although she fussed at them, she secretly viewed all her children with approval

Hypernyms ("approval" is a kind of...):

liking (a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approval"):

favor; favour (a feeling of favorable regard)

approbation (official approval)


disapproval (a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing)

Sense 3approval [BACK TO TOP]


Acceptance as satisfactory

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


favorable reception; favourable reception; approval

Context example:

he bought it on approval

Hypernyms ("approval" is a kind of...):

acceptance (the state of being acceptable and accepted)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approval"):

appro (an informal British abbreviation of approval)

Sense 4approval [BACK TO TOP]


A message expressing a favorable opinion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


commendation; approval

Context example:

words of approval seldom passed his lips

Hypernyms ("approval" is a kind of...):

content; message; subject matter; substance (what a communication that is about something is about)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "approval"):

testimonial; tribute (something given or done as an expression of esteem)

congratulations; extolment; kudos; praise (an expression of approval and commendation)

cheer (a cry or shout of approval)

applause; clapping; hand clapping (a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together)

acclaim; acclamation; eclat; plaudit; plaudits (enthusiastic approval)

encouragement (the expression of approval and support)

permission (approval to do something)

connivance; secret approval; tacit consent ((law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing)

credit; recognition (approval)

countenance; endorsement; imprimatur; indorsement; sanction; warrant (formal and explicit approval)

approbation (official recognition or approval)


disapproval (the expression of disapproval)

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