approve of

approve of

To agree with or support someone or something. I don't approve of your behavior right now. My parents have never approved of any of my girlfriends.
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approve of someone or something

to take a favorable view of someone or something. I approve of the way you have remodeled the kitchen. I don't approve of your foul language.
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approve of

v.
To consider someone or something right, good, or appropriate: My voice teacher does not approve of eating ice cream before singing. My parents need to know exactly where I plan to go before they can approve of my trip.
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References in classic literature ?
She had been graciously pleased to approve of both of the discourses which he had already had the honour of preaching before her.
His whole life had been spent in administrative work, and consequently, when he did not approve of anything, his disapproval was softened by the recognition of the inevitability of mistakes and the possibility of reform in every department.
I don't mind saying that I don't approve of Tudor any more than you do, but I'm not called upon to tell him so.
If we were belles, or women of wealth and position, we might do something, perhaps, but for us to frown at one set of young gentlemen because we don't approve of them, and smile upon another set because we do, wouldn't have a particle of effect, and we should only be considered odd and puritanical.
While 72% of consumers who consider stem cell research mainly in the context of health and safety approve of it, only 34% of those who view the issue primarily from a religious perspective approve of stem cell research, according to a survey conducted by KRC Research, the research partner of Weber Shandwick.
86% of biologists approve of stem cell research, compared to