This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to think favorably is often followed by of.
They had not approved of the deposition of James.
They approved of the political institutions.
(Ap*prove") v. t. [OF. aprouer; a (L. ad) + a form apparently derived fr. the pro, prod, in L.
prodest it is useful or profitable, properly the preposition pro for. Cf. Improve.] (Eng. Law) To make
profit of; to convert to one's own profit; said esp. of waste or common land appropriated by the lord of
(Ap*prov"ed*ly) adv. So as to secure approbation; in an approved manner.
(Ap*prove"ment) n. [Obs.]
I did nothing without your approvement.
2. (Eng. Law) a confession of guilt by a prisoner charged with treason or felony, together with an accusation
of his accomplish and a giving evidence against them in order to obtain his own pardon. The term is no
longer in use; it corresponded to what is now known as turning king's (or queen's) evidence in England,
and state's evidence in the United States. Burrill. Bouvier.
(Ap*prove"ment), n. (Old Eng. Law) Improvement of common lands, by inclosing and
converting them to the uses of husbandry for the advantage of the lord of the manor. Blackstone.
1. One who approves. Formerly, one who made proof or trial.
2. An informer; an accuser. [Obs.] Chaucer.
3. (Eng. Law) One who confesses a crime and accuses another. See 1st Approvement, 2.
(Ap*prov"er), n. [See 2d Approve, v. t.] (Eng. Law) A bailiff or steward; an agent. [Obs.]
(Ap*prov"ing), a. Expressing approbation; commending; as, an approving smile. Ap*prov"ing*ly,
(Ap*prox"i*mate) a. [L. approximatus, p. p. of approximare to approach; ad + proximare
to come near. See Proximate.]
1. Approaching; proximate; nearly resembling.
2. Near correctness; nearly exact; not perfectly accurate; as, approximate results or values.
Approximate quantities (Math.), those which are nearly, but not, equal.
(Ap*prox"i*mate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approximated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Approximating.]
1. To carry or advance near; to cause to approach.
To approximate the inequality of riches to the level of nature.