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    The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    Hİ. In the sentence "The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval"

    What does "The budget proposal" mean simply?

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    Re: The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    The budget: How we will spend our money.
    A proposal: A suggestion

    The budget proposal: A suggestion on how money should be spent.
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    Re: The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    This means that the Senate approved the budget proposal.

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    Re: The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    This means that the Senate approved the budget proposal.

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    Not quite. It means that the Senate considered the proposal favorably. The sentence doesn't say whether the Senate ultimately passed the budget as it was presented, which is what "approved" means in this context.
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    Re: The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Not quite. It means that the Senate considered the proposal favorably. The sentence doesn't say whether the Senate ultimately passed the budget as it was presented.
    Now the situation is difficult for me. Meet with someone's approval=be accepted by someone [Longman] Is that phrase American or British? Sentence use "meet one's approval" and it involves "to be accepted" so should't it refer to "proposal is accepted" ?

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    Re: The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Now the situation is difficult for me. Meet with someone's approval=be accepted by someone [Longman] Is that phrase American or British? Sentence use "meet one's approval" and it involves "to be accepted" so should't it refer to "proposal is accepted" ?

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    I updated my previous post while you were writing this one to add that in this context, "approved" means "passed", and the sentence you quoted does not state whether the Senate actually passed the budget as presented.

    "To meet with someone's approval" exists in British and American English and means the same in both. However, the definition you quoted covers only one possible meaning of the phrase. It can also mean "to be considered favorably", which is how I'd understand it in your original sentence. The US Senate frequently considers proposals in a mostly favorable way but modifies them before passing them.
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    Re: The budget proposal met with the Senate's approval.

    The problem here is that you are using the word "approved" which has a legal/parliamentary definition in addition to a more general one.

    If you say "My daughter brought home her new boyfriend and he met with my approval" that's the same as saying you "approved of" the new boyfriend.
    Your choice of restaurants for our dinner meets with my approval. I approve of your choice. Same thing.

    But in a voting organization, you have to formally "approve" things motions, seconds, votes, etc. Because the example was the Senate, you have this meaning.

    Note that I approve OF someone or something if it meets with my approval.
    I approve something if I'm voting.
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