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

Example Sentences

She married him even though her parents disapproved. The treaty was disapproved by the Senate.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, 84% of Democrats disapprove of Grassley, as do 52% of independents and 14% of Republicans. Stephen Gruber-miller, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2022 Your family may disapprove of someone in your life now. Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2022 Your weak presidential nominee was the default choice for a nation rising up to disapprove of the behavior of Donald Trump. John Brummett, Arkansas Online, 6 Nov. 2022 Those who advocate for the continuation of racial preferences are advocating for policies that a significant majority of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and whites disapprove of. Time, 27 Oct. 2022 Poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight shows that 50.5 percent of Americans disapprove of Harris, while only 38.4 percent approve. Theara Coleman, The Week, 26 Oct. 2022 But that seems to be falling flat as inflation continues to rise and polls show voters continue to disapprove of Biden while preferring the GOP on the economy. Jessie Dimartino, ABC News, 24 Oct. 2022 Residents appeared to disapprove of the move, though, with 17 people speaking before the common council for roughly 45 minutes during public comments. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 20 Oct. 2022 The Globe/Suffolk University poll showed that 52 percent of likely voters disapprove of the job President Biden is doing as president, compared to just 40 percent who approve of Biden’s job performance. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 30 Nov. 2022.

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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