dis·​ap·​prove | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈprüv How to pronounce disapprove (audio) \
disapproved; disapproving; disapproves

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 \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈprü-​viŋ-​lē How to pronounce disapprove (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of disapprove in a Sentence

She married him even though her parents disapproved. The treaty was disapproved by the Senate.
Recent Examples on the Web The Senate trial will almost certainly not bring justice, because Republican senators make up half the jury, and even if many of them privately disapprove of Trump's insurrectionary attempts to cling to office, their base does not. Michelle Goldberg, Star Tribune, "You may want to forget Trump, but his impeachment trial must be thorough," 9 Feb. 2021 Another survey shows that nearly three-quarters of high school seniors think their friends would disapprove of weekend binge drinking, up from just over half in the early 1980s. Ty Schepis, The Conversation, "College-age kids are drinking less alcohol – but smoking more marijuana," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent polling shows voters narrowly disapprove of the ban. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Abortion on the ballot in Colorado and Louisiana," 3 Nov. 2020 Surveys show most Hispanics disapprove of the president’s performance in many areas, including his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the economy. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Trump’s Latino supporters, a vocal minority, see him as a ‘Superman’," 1 Nov. 2020 The majority of likely voters trust Biden to handle the coronavirus and disapprove of how Trump is handling the pandemic. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, "North Carolina voters nearly split on Trump and Biden; Cunningham has slight edge on Tillis, poll finds," 20 Oct. 2020 Trump rarely wears a mask or keeps his distance from people, and mocks Biden for doing so, despite polls showing a large majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of the pandemic. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "In election’s homestretch, coronavirus surge underscores the parties’ contrasts," 18 Oct. 2020 Republicans disapprove of Congress and Biden at much higher rates than Democrats and independents. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Poll: Americans want Congress to cooperate with Biden, view his agenda positively," 28 Jan. 2021 Within 60 legislative days after a new rule comes out, Congress can disapprove it using streamlined procedures. Daniel Farber, The Conversation, "Biden has a congressional shortcut to cancel Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, but it comes with risks," 18 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of disapprove

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of disapprove was circa 1562

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22 Feb 2021

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce disapprove (audio) \
disapproved; disapproving

Kids Definition of disapprove

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

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