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 disapprovingly (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 Allen so truly loved the man who would become her husband, but there was one obstacle: her traditional Iraqi mother thoroughly disapproved and gave an ultimatum. Sallee Ann Harrison, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Storytellers Project shared stories of love and heartbreak ahead of Valentine's," 12 Feb. 2020 Still, her vacation drew disapproving scrutiny from higher-ups at The Journal, though not an official reprimand. Edmund Lee, New York Times, "Maybe Information Actually Doesn’t Want to Be Free," 7 Feb. 2020 The choice of Perry for the role sparked a barrage of disapproving comments. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Katy Perry named British Asian Trust ambassador, despite being neither British nor Asian," 5 Feb. 2020 Texas had given up Medicaid funding for its program, Healthy Texas Women, in 2013, after the Obama administration had disapproved of its plan to deny funding to organizations that perform abortions. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Trump administration allows Texas to receive family planning funds while excluding Planned Parenthood," 22 Jan. 2020 The Globe and Mail, Canada's largest newspaper, recently published a disapproving editorial. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Amid resistance, billboard in Windsor welcomes Harry and Meghan," 16 Jan. 2020 About 79 percent of white evangelicals approved of Trump’s job performance, while 60 percent of all Americans disapproved. Tina Vasquez, The New Republic, "Republicans Want to Make White Grievance Genteel Again," 6 Jan. 2020 Approval of the strike fell along party lines, with 87% of Republicans approving and 90% of Democrats disapproving. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Most Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of heightened tensions with Iran," 12 Jan. 2020 The announcements of the show's trailer have been bombarded with disapproving memes, viewers noping out, and messages scolding Netflix for getting involved with the notorious business. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Goop’s Netflix trailer: Paltrow sinks into a vagina, spews pseudoscience," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=disapp08. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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