disapprove

verb
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 Intensity has moved decidedly negative: Many more now strongly disapprove, 42%, than strongly approve, 25%. Gary Langer, ABC News, 3 Sep. 2021 The council could still disapprove the contract extensions. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Well, look at it by party, 88% of Democrats approve, 88% of Republicans disapprove. NBC News, 22 Aug. 2021 First, large majorities of Republican voters disapprove of the January 6 rioters. David French, Time, 29 July 2021 On his handling of gun violence and crime, issues that track closely with one another, about half of Americans disapprove -- 52% and 50%, respectively. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 29 Aug. 2021 However, someone else might disapprove of your efforts. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 But the women may also disapprove of each other’s choices, or even pursue the same guy. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 But the women may also disapprove of each other’s choices, or even pursue the same guy. Inkoo Kang, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 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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14 Sep 2021

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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disapprove

verb

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)

disapprove

verb
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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