dis·ap·prove | \ -ˈprüv \

Definition of disapprove 

transitive verb

1 : to pass unfavorable judgment on

2 : to refuse approval to : reject

intransitive verb

: to feel or express disapproval

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Other words from disapprove

disapprover noun
disapprovingly \-ˈprü-viŋ-lē \ adverb

Examples of disapprove in a Sentence

She married him even though her parents disapproved. The treaty was disapproved by the Senate.

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Women are similarly 21 points more likely than men to disapprove strongly of Trump’s job performance. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "How Trump is affecting Rep. Comstock’s re-election bid," 26 June 2018 The unlikely coalition supporting the meeting with Kim includes 68% of women, 67% of liberals, 65% of nonwhites and 62% of Democrats -- all groups that tend to disapprove of the President by wide margins. Ryan Struyk, CNN, "The surprise coalition of Trump critics supporting the Kim Jong Un meeting," 11 May 2018 Prince Andrei knew that his father, the old prince, would disapprove of a match with Natasha Rostov. Cora Frazier, The New Yorker, "War and Peace and Clandestine Influence," 9 July 2017 White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter after she was refused service at a restaurant whose owner disapproved of some of the Trump administration's most controversial policies. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Restaurants kicking out Trump supporters: Unlike race or religion, it's legal," 27 June 2018 At the same time, 53 percent of potential voters disapprove of the job Trump has done, which is similar to the president’s job approval rating nationally, but nearly half of voters in the 10th District intensely disapprove, the survey found. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "How Trump is affecting Rep. Comstock’s re-election bid," 26 June 2018 Eighty-seven percent of Republicans approved of Trump's job performance, while 93% of Democrats disapproved. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MU Poll: Tammy Baldwin leads Republican challengers Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson in Wisconsin U.S. Senate race," 20 June 2018 Thursday’s ruling backed the 3rd District Court of Appeal --- and another decision by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in an Oldsmar case --- while disapproving the conclusion in the Hollywood case. Jim Saunders, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida Supreme Court rejects driver's red-light camera challenge," 3 May 2018 And the public backed them: In 1938, two weeks after Kristallnacht, a poll showed that 98 percent of Americans disapproved of the Nazis, but 72 percent disapproved of letting in more Jews. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "New Holocaust Museum exhibit reminds of how U.S. rejected desperate refugees before | Trudy Rubin," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of disapprove

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of disapprove

: to believe that someone or something is bad or wrong : to not approve of someone or something

: to officially refuse to approve or accept (something)


dis·ap·prove | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈprüv \
disapproved; disapproving

Kids Definition of disapprove

: to dislike or be against someone or something Mom disapproved of the TV show.

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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