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 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 When publicized, such cases elicit disapproving comments in the press. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "Election Bias," 6 Jan. 2020 Congress has been able to do very little to stop him; in March, the Senate passed a resolution disapproving of the national emergency, but the president simply vetoed it. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Why Democratic Candidates Keep Talking About Declaring a State of Emergency," 21 Dec. 2019 Only 17% of people disapproved of his job performance. NBC News, "Meet the Press - December 15, 2019," 15 Dec. 2019 In the latest survey—conducted from July 1 through Sept. 30—53% of respondents disapproved of Bevin, and just 34% approved. Time, "How Republican Gov. Matt Bevin Lost Teachers and Lost Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2019 In September, 54% of adults disapproved of Mr Trump and 45% supported impeaching him. The Economist, "Americans’ views on impeachment mirror the president’s approval ratings," 24 Oct. 2019 The survey was conducted from July 1 through Sept. 30 and tracks with a Hartford Courant/Sacred Heart University poll that found 47% of respondents disapproved of how Lamont is handling his job. Russell Blair, courant.com, "Capitol Week in Review: A regional approach to legalizing marijuana and faster trains to New York City," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disapprove.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapproved. Accessed 24 January 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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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