One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘proposals for the licensing system will now go forward to the ministry for approval’
acceptance, agreement, consent, assent, acquiescence, compliance, concurrence
blessing, imprimatur, seal of approval, stamp of approval, rubber stamp
sanction, endorsement, ratification, authorization, mandate, licence, validation
confirmation, support, backing
informal the go-ahead, the green light, the OK, the thumbs up, the nod, say-so
2‘Lily looked at him with approval’
approbation, appreciation, favour, liking, encouragement, support, acceptance
admiration, regard, esteem, respect, commendation, applause, acclaim, acclamation, praise
‘we would be happy to send you a selection on approval’
on trial, under probation
on sale or return
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