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

transitive verb

: to pass unfavorable judgment on
: to refuse approval to : reject

intransitive verb

: to feel or express disapproval
disapprover noun
disapprovingly adverb

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 Still, polling suggests that significant numbers of young voters and Black Americans disapprove of Biden’s support for Israel in its war with Hamas, which the US and the European Union have designated a terrorist organization. Bloomberg, Orange County Register, 21 May 2024 At the time of writing, the poll had received 946 responses, with 63% of voters giving her outfit the disapproving X emoji. Wesley Stenzel, EW.com, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for disapprove 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disapprove was circa 1562

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Cite this Entry

“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​ap·​prove ˌdis-ə-ˈprüv How to pronounce disapprove (audio)
: to dislike or be against someone or something
disapproved the child's conduct
disapproves of smoking
: to refuse to give approval to : reject
disapproved the architect's plans
disapprovingly adverb

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