verb (used with object), ap·proved, ap·prov·ing.
- to demonstrate; show.
- to make good; attest.
- to prove by trial.
- to convict.
verb (used without object), ap·proved, ap·prov·ing.
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Examples from the Web for approvingly
Catsoulis aptly—and, I think, approvingly—calls this “a method that spits on context.”
Peter approvingly cites the refusal of A.B. Yehoshua and David Grossman to go speak in Ariel.
"That really is a good suggestion," said Jeremy approvingly.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
Mr. Bragdon approvingly quotes Goethe's expression "frozen music," applied to Gothic architecture.Unicorns|James Huneker
Very nice animals, maam, replied Mr. Bumble, approvingly; so very domestic.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
You would see some men running down the street with tin kettles tied to their tails, and some dogs looking on approvingly.Letters of Peregrine Pickle|George P. Upton
The merchant, diffusing a smell of brandy around him, and restraining loud hiccups, approvingly nodded his head at every sentence.Resurrection|Leo Tolstoy