ap·​prov·​ing ə-ˈprü-viŋ How to pronounce approving (audio)
: 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
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 At the meeting, the city council also passed two ordinances to more tightly regulate the use of city vehicles and create a procedure for soliciting, obtaining and approving bids worth more than $20,000. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2024 But not all shareholders appeared to be in an approving mood. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024 Signing to Island, landing a Mercury Prize nomination, and receiving approving comments from Hayley Williams, Fugazi, and Beck himself might make a band feel over-stimulated—or over-hyped. Jenessa Williams, Pitchfork, 14 Feb. 2024 However, older Democrats were more approving than younger Democrats. Oren Oppenheim, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2023 Younger voters also don't vote as often as older demographics, who have been more approving of Biden's handling of Israel and Hamas, a trend which risks undercutting the argument that younger voters' views could be decisive next year. Gabriella Abdul-Hakim, ABC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Those Democrats who don't think the U.S. ought to are relatively less approving of Mr. Biden's handling of the conflict than Democrats who do. Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, 19 Oct. 2023 As Park’s camera pans across the approving, applauding audience, Ben’s unhappy face stands out. Odie Henderson,, 3 Aug. 2023 According to the study, 49% of Indian Americans rate his performance favorably, either strongly approving or approving of him; 31% disapprove of his performance; and 20% expressed no opinion on him at all. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 21 June 2023

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Word History


from present participle of approve

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of approving was in 1646

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“Approving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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