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"You're the boy, Mike, and that's a fact," was his approving sentence.

I did not know,—my hope was only founded on the probability of his approving it.

Lantier gave his blessing to this arrangement with an approving nod.

How would you show that all the gods absolutely agree in approving of his act?

Three cheers were then given, to which Duke added an approving bark.

Again a great roar, mingled now with some approving laughter, was his answer.

The glance he fastened on Mr Powell conveyed a sort of approving wonder.

He looked towards the officers, amongst whom there was an approving murmur.

The glance he fastened on Mr. Powell conveyed a sort of approving wonder.

And the "girls" assented with approving nods of their aged heads.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).

The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.

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