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 for approving
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Approving \Ap*prov"ing\, a.
     Expressing approbation; commending; as, an approving smile.
     -- Ap*prov"ing*ly, adv.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Approve \Ap*prove"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Approved; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Approving.] [OE. aproven, appreven, to prove, OF.
     aprover, F. approuver, to approve, fr. L. approbare; ad +
     probare to esteem as good, approve, prove. See Prove, and
     cf. Approbate.]
     1. To show to be real or true; to prove. [Obs.]
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              Wouldst thou approve thy constancy? Approve
              First thy obedience.                  --Milton.
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     2. To make proof of; to demonstrate; to prove or show
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              Opportunities to approve . . . worth. --Emerson.
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              He had approved himself a great warrior. --Macaulay.
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              'T is an old lesson; Time approves it true. --Byron.
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              His account . . . approves him a man of thought.
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     3. To sanction officially; to ratify; to confirm; as, to
        approve the decision of a court-martial.
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     4. To regard as good; to commend; to be pleased with; to
        think well of; as, we approve the measured of the
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     5. To make or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
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              The first care and concern must be to approve
              himself to God.                       --Rogers.
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     Note: This word, when it signifies to be pleased with, to
           think favorably (of), is often followed by of.
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                 They had not approved of the deposition of James.
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                 They approved of the political institutions. --W.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: expressing or manifesting praise or approval;
             "approbative criticism"; "an affirmative nod" [syn:
             approving, affirmative, approbative, approbatory,
      n 1: the formal act of approving; "he gave the project his
           blessing"; "his decision merited the approval of any
           sensible person" [syn: blessing, approval, approving]
           [ant: disapproval]

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