disapprove

verb
dis·​ap·​prove | \ -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 \ -​ˈprü-​viŋ-​lē How to pronounce disapprovingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for disapprove

Synonyms

decline, deny, disallow, negative, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, withhold

Antonyms

allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit

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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.

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When a piece of apparel starts being associated with right wing terrorists and murderers, that would probably be a good time for people who disapprove of their actions to stop wearing that apparel. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the MAGA Hat Became a Symbol of Hate," 31 Jan. 2019 Perhaps the seat-stealing youth on the subway learned that lesson from his fellow passenger’s disapproving looks. Alexandra Hudson, WSJ, "I’m Taking the Surly Train," 25 Dec. 2018 Clearly proud of the effort, Sansa Jonas shared a video of himself arriving into the room to the GoT theme song, complete with a disapproving GIF of Tyrion Lanister as the cherry on top. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Joe Jonas Dressed Up as Sophie Turner's 'Game of Thrones' Character for Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 At one point, Charlotte even gave a disapproving look at her big bro, who broke formation to make a goofy pose. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Gave Prince George the Funniest Look at a Family Friend's Wedding," 24 Sep. 2018 The quaint red restaurant, its dirty green awnings made famous by a disapproving tweet Monday from President Trump, was scheduled to open for dinner service at 5 p.m. Protesters began showing up around 3. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 26 June 2018 What’s so shocking is how shocked the recent arrival appears, and what a pall of cold shame his disapproving presence casts over what has been a moment of joy, perhaps the only one the play allows. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto Enter Sniping in ‘The Boys in the Band’," 31 May 2018 Newport Beach is dropping its attempt to form a port master plan intended to give the city more direct control over some types of development in Newport Harbor after the California Coastal Commission cast a disapproving eye on the proposal. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Newport abandons port master plan after Coastal Commission’s thumbs-down," 26 Apr. 2018 And to game the news cycle — dominated that weekend by the Apollo 11 moon landing, a project initiated by Ted’s brother Jack, whose legacy looms like a disapproving ghost over the sorry cover-up. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Chappaquiddick': Political power and alternative facts, '60s style," 4 Apr. 2018

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

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