Definition of approbate in English:

approbate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]US
rare
  • Approve formally; sanction.

    ‘a letter approbating the affair’
    • ‘Some of them have already been synthesized and approbated, the synthesis and testing of others is still forthcoming.’
    • ‘‘If I act any further, I would be seen to approbate with a document that is flawed,’ he stated.’
    • ‘On a true appreciation of the position, this is not a case in which it can be said that the respondent company has elected between two inconsistent remedies; nor that it has sought to approbate and reprobate.’
    • ‘You want to approbate and reprobate, as it were.’
    • ‘He is the only Chancery Judge there and what he is saying, I think, at 114 is you cannot approbate and reprobate.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin approbat- approved from the verb approbare, from ad- to + probare try, test (from probus good).

Pronunciation:

approbate

/ˈaprəˌbāt/