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approval

noun
     
ap‧prov‧al S2 W3
1 [uncountable and countable] when a plan, decision, or person is officially acceptedCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
give/grant your approval receive/obtain approval with/without somebody's approval submit/send something for approval subject to somebody's approval (=if it is accepted by someone) pending somebody's approval (=waiting to be accepted by someone) somebody gives their seal of approval (=an important person, organization etc says officially that they agree with something and will allow it) formal/official approval Congressional/parliamentary etc approval
The president has already given his approval to the plan.
It is just three months since we received official approval to go ahead with the project.
A company cannot be sold without the approval of the shareholders.
The bill will be submitted for approval by Congress.
The President would appoint the Council of Ministers, subject to the approval of the National Assembly.
The IMF has given its seal of approval to the government's economic strategy.
appointments requiring parliamentary approval
2 [uncountable] formal when someone likes something or someone and thinks that they are good [≠ disapproval]:
A murmur of approval passed through the crowd.
nod/smile/clap etc in approval
They clapped their hands in approval.
His ideas have won widespread public approval (=many people agree with them and think they are good).
Does the design meet with your approval (=do you like it?)?
Children are always seeking approval from their parents.
She looked to Greg for approval.
3

on approval

BBT if you buy something on approval, you have the right to return it to the shop if you decide you do not want it

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