Definition of approvingly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

approvingly

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//əˈpruːvɪŋli//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈpruːvɪŋli//
 
 
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in a way that shows that you believe that somebody/something is good or acceptable She looked at him approvingly and smiled.