disapprove

verb
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

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

At first, that seemed to be her fate in the show, too, as actress Amanda Brugel was restricted to a few short words with June (Elisabeth Moss) and some disapproving frowns. Sabrina Rojas Weiss, refinery29.com, "Handmaid's Tale," 5 June 2019 Polling at the time found more than 60 percent of the public disapproved of how the GOP was handling the shutdown. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 That's not to say everyone disapproved, though—some fans were feeling his style. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 The former Oregon Ducks star signed a reserve/futures deal with the Saints on Jan. 26, but the NFL disapproved the contract on Monday, according to multiple reports. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Duck Josh Huff signs with New Orleans Saints, NFL rejects deal," 1 Feb. 2018 And though Trump’s rhetoric on immigration seemed pitched to Arizona voters’ anxieties about the border, both Democratic and Republican polls throughout the race showed the president had more people disapproving of him. Nicholas Riccardi, The Seattle Times, "Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate seat running as centrist," 13 Nov. 2018 President Obama’s health care law experienced miserable polling numbers in the initial years after its 2010 passage, with more people disapproving of the Affordable Care Act than approving of it, according to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 The RealClearPolitics average of polls put Trump’s approval at nearly 43%, with 53% of Americans disapproving of his tenure. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un may give him some political benefits for midterms," 11 June 2018 One poll by Datafohla in April suggested 70% of respondents disapproved of Temer's government and just 6% approved of his leadership. CNN, "Brazil's President concedes to striking truckers' demands after week-long work stoppage," 28 May 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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