approving

adjective
ap·​prov·​ing | \ ə-ˈprü-viŋ How to pronounce approving (audio) \

Definition of approving

: showing approval or acceptance an approving nod/glance/smile He surveyed through the park railings the evidences of the town's opulence and luxury with an approving eye.— Joseph Conrad

Other Words from approving

approvingly adverb
nodded approvingly A number of media outlets have reported approvingly about two recent ads that show the efforts corporate America is making to court single women … — Kellyanne Conway

Examples of approving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Liberal and very liberal Democrats are still more approving of Mr. Biden than are moderate Democrats. Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, CBS News, 16 Jan. 2022 Japanese describe the pungent ramen odor in much the way cheese aficionados will make approving comparisons to barnyards and socks. Todd Pitock, Smithsonian, 13 Jan. 2017 Japanese describe the pungent ramen odor in much the way cheese aficionados will make approving comparisons to barnyards and socks. Todd Pitock, Smithsonian, 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of approving

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for approving

from present participle of approve

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The first known use of approving was in 1646

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“Approving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/approving. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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