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 Four days after Biles criticized Mary Bono, then the chief executive of U.S.A. Gymnastics, for seeming to disapprove of Nike supporting Colin Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the national anthem, Bono stepped down from the position. New York Times, 24 July 2021 But roughly one-third of the country call it patriotism, or defending freedom, even though some of them nonetheless disapprove of the attack itself. Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Kabir Khanna, CBS News, 20 July 2021 His approval remains healthy among Republicans, and more Iowans approve than disapprove of his performance. Thomas Beaumont, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 All three guests disapprove of our host Gustavo Arellano’s car-chase obsession and will try to break him of his habit. Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 In The Soul of America, Meacham urges us to disapprove of the Ku Klux Klan, to understand that George Wallace was not a good person, and to realize that Joe McCarthy was a dishonest individual. Thomas Frank, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Sanders is the first progressive senator to take the extra step to formally disapprove of the sale. Kaitlan Collins And Kevin Liptak, CNN, 20 May 2021 Once approved by the commission, the application would be presented at the town council’s next meeting, where the council can approve or disapprove by a majority vote only. Belén Dumont, courant.com, 29 June 2021 To more accurately reflect political realities, the group is split roughly evenly between those in favor of such a policy and those who disapprove. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 June 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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28 Jul 2021

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 30 Jul. 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 believe that someone or something is bad or wrong Mom disapproved of the TV show.

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