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 disapprove (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 Overall, 40% of Americans disapprove of Biden's handling of children reaching the nation's southern border without their parents, compared with just 24% who approve. Star Tribune, "AP-NORC poll: Border woes dent Biden approval on immigration," 5 Apr. 2021 An equal 57% of Americans disapprove of his approach on both issues, while just over 4 in 10 Americans approve. Kendall Karson, ABC News, "Biden receives high marks on COVID-19, lags on immigration, guns: POLL," 28 Mar. 2021 Three-quarters of Americans disapprove of the January 6 mob’s actions, and Trump’s seemingly immovable approval floor dropped by about more than six points. Time, "American Democracy Can't Survive Unless the Far Right Is Marginalized. Here's How to Do It," 19 Mar. 2021 Bry’s support was strongest among conservatives, older residents and voters who disapprove of the performance of incumbent Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who cannot run for re-election because of term limits. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mayoral debate centers on homelessness, small business issues," 22 Sep. 2020 Americans are much more likely than white Americans (48%) to disapprove of the president's handling of race, though white Americans disapproval is up 5 percentage points since February. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "The week in polls: Trump trails in 10 of 11 swing states, plurality says Biden won 1st debate," 6 Oct. 2020 Congress' job rating stands at 23% who approve and 64% who disapprove, according to Monmouth. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Poll: Americans take pessimistic view of national divisions, prospects for healing," 19 Nov. 2020 The Senate trial will almost certainly not bring justice, because Republican senators make up half the jury, and even if many of them privately disapprove of Trump's insurrectionary attempts to cling to office, their base does not. Michelle Goldberg, Star Tribune, "You may want to forget Trump, but his impeachment trial must be thorough," 9 Feb. 2021 Another survey shows that nearly three-quarters of high school seniors think their friends would disapprove of weekend binge drinking, up from just over half in the early 1980s. Ty Schepis, The Conversation, "College-age kids are drinking less alcohol – but smoking more marijuana," 19 Nov. 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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11 Apr 2021

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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