dis·​ap·​prove | \ -ˈprüv \
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 \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for disapprove


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


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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Over half of voters in the district — 53 percent — disapprove of Trump, and 47 percent strongly disapprove. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "Poll: Comstock trails in VA-10," 26 June 2018 Among women, 52 percent strongly disapprove of the policy, with just 17 percent strongly approving. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida voters don't support immigrant family separation," 25 June 2018 Sixty-two percent of likely Massachusetts voters disapproved of Trump, while 30 approved and 7 percent were undecided in the survey. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Transgender rights question could be closest vote in Mass. this fall, poll finds," 14 June 2018 Shelley's father, Godwin, disapproved and cut her off. refinery29.com, "The True Story Behind Mary Shelley Is Actual 19th Century Rock & Roll," 24 May 2018 Kersten Johnson-Struempler, Anchorage schools senior director of secondary education, said the district does not approve or disapprove of Friday's demonstrations. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I have never seen anything of this magnitude’: Anchorage students plan to join national school walkout over gun violence Friday," 20 Apr. 2018 The Chinese government often disapproves of people organizing together in large groups and rallies. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Chinese fans of banned parody app find each other offline using secret codes," 12 Apr. 2018 Rihanna is the latest artist to disapprove of Trump playing their music at political events. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Doesn't Want Trump to Play Her Songs at His Rallies," 5 Nov. 2018 The cultural board wasn't the only group to disapprove of Airbnb's idea to drop a hotel room on the Wonder of the World. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Calls Off Great Wall of China Sleepover Contest," 8 Aug. 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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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 \
disapproved; disapproving

Kids Definition of disapprove

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

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