To confirm or sanction formally; ratify.
M.E., from O.Fr. aprover "approve, agree to," from L. approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from → ad- "to" + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine," → prove.
Âsandidan, from â- + sandidan, as in pasandidan (with pati-) "to cherish, approve;" ultimately from Proto-Ir. *sand- "to appear, seem good;" cf. Av. sənd- "to appear, seem (good);" Manichean Mid.Pers. shyn "apparent, prominent, splendid;" Mid.Pers. passand "to approve;" Khotanese sad- "to appear, seem, show;" Skt. chand- "to appear, please;" L. censere "to appraise, value, judg" (Cheung 2007).
To withhold approval from; decline to sanction.
To supply proof of, to establish or demonstrate the truth or validity of.
A short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought (Dictionary.com).