• (British) IPA: /ˌæp.ɹəʊˈbeɪ.ʃən/, /ˌæp.ɹəˈbeɪ.ʃən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌæp.ɹoʊˈbeɪ.ʃən/, /ˌæp.ɹəˈbeɪ.ʃən/


  1. The act of approving; an assenting to the propriety of a thing with some degree of pleasure or satisfaction; approval, sanction, commendation or official recognition.
    • 1871, Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, ch. 3:
      [A]nimals not only love, but have desire to be loved. . . . They love approbation or praise.
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