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to approve officially.
Historical Examples

Among the adjectives similarly preserved are to whittle, to wilt and to approbate.
The American Language Henry L. Mencken

The Stadtholder was too wary a politician to approbate immediately so sweeping a proposal, and referred it to the States-General.
The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11 Various

We pick and choose, take and leave, approbate and reprobate in a breath.
Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell

verb (transitive)
(Scots law) to accept as valid
(Scots law) approbate and reprobate, to accept part of a document and reject those parts unfavourable to one’s interests
(mainly US) to sanction officially

late 15c., from Latin approbatus, past participle of approbare “to assent to (as good), favor” (see approve). Related: Approbated; approbating.


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