Definition of approving in English:



  • Showing or feeling approval of someone or something.

    ‘the wine drew approving comments from across the table’
    • ‘The most approving term he applies to his own work is "honest".’
    • ‘He was obviously enjoying himself - at the end of every carol or lesson, he would turn to his wife and offer approving comments on the performances.’
    • ‘Sam Adams is in the crowd and Johnny notices his approving look.’
    • ‘Darcy gave his son an approving look.’
    • ‘To approving nods, he recalled his record as mayor, as he does on almost every day of his campaign.’
    • ‘Often a salesperson will demonstrate a feature and look to you for an approving response.’
    • ‘He had even smiled in an approving way at her.’
    • ‘Sections of the audience let out a disturbingly approving cheer.’
    • ‘Right-of-center speakers invited by these clubs are drawing large and approving crowds.’
    • ‘I don't have any doubt that my post-presidency has made some historians go back and look at the administration with a more benevolent and approving attitude.’
    • ‘Published last year, this 172-page book carries an approving blurb from the dean of the Kellogg School of Management.’
    • ‘It was a look that excited many approving glances, as Von Furstenberg dresses are must-have this season.’
    • ‘At fifteen he was already winning the Academie Francaise's approving attention for his poems.’
    • ‘Carnegie would surely have given an approving nod to the latest generation of philanthropists.’
    admiring, appreciative, appreciating, favourable, respectful, esteeming, commendatory, commending, applauding, acclamatory, acclaiming, praising, flattering, congratulatory, rapturous
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