Meaning of “approving” in the English Dictionary

"approving" in British English

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approvingadjective

uk /əˈpruː.vɪŋ/ us /əˈpruː.vɪŋ/
approvingly
adverb uk /əˈpruː.vɪŋ.li/ us /əˈpruː.vɪŋ.li/

She smiled at him approvingly.

(Definition of “approving” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)