full, warm (esp. BrE), wholehearted

The plan did not win wholehearted approval.

grudging, qualified
general, overwhelming, popular, public, unanimous, universal
23%, etc. (esp. AmE)

The latest poll has him at 47% approval and 49% disapproval.

final, initial, preliminary, prior

All development requires the prior approval of the planning authority.

formal, official
legislative (esp. AmE), regulatory
board, congressional, court, federal, government, judicial, parliamentary, presidential, royal, Senate
shareholder, voter

We need to streamline the process for new drug approval.

need, require
seek, submit sth for

We have submitted a design for approval.


The deal is awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission.


We already have approval for six products.

gain, get, meet, meet with, obtain, receive, secure, win

I hope the meal met with your approval.

You are not allowed to build without first obtaining the approval of the planners.


I could tell I had earned her approval.


The committee is expected to recommend approval of the new drug.

give, grant

The government has now given its approval for the new examinations.

refuse (esp. BrE), withhold
express, nod, nod in, roar, show, voice

The people listening nodded approval.

The crowd roared its approval for the song.


The president's approval ratings were slipping.

on approval

The goods were supplied on approval (= they could be sent back if they were not satisfactory).

with approval

Jane's father regards her fiancé with approval.

with sb's approval, without sb's approval

You may not decorate without the landlord's approval.

approval for

He won approval for his project.

approval from

We're waiting for approval from the authorities.

a nod of approval

She gave him a nod of approval.

a roar of approval

There was a roar of approval from the crowd.

sb's seal of approval, sb's stamp of approval

The government has given its seal of approval to the project.

subject to approval

The offer is subject to approval at the Annual General Meeting.

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