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 Fifty-six percent of respondents disapproved of Trump. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump slams 'fixed' poll showing his latest job approval rating is at 38%," 10 Sep. 2019 And smartphones and tablets were disapproved of in classrooms. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Google Lens, Augmented Reality, and the Future of Learning," 20 Aug. 2019 Our poll found that 73 percent of respondents disapproved of the Senate’s handling of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and 27 percent approved. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Exclusive: We re-ran polls from 1991 about Anita Hill, this time about Christine Blasey Ford," 4 Oct. 2018 The casting of Nicky Guadagni as severely disapproving Aunt Helene is choice. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Ready or Not’ review: I take this man as my lawful wedded husband. Now, hand me that crossbow.," 19 Aug. 2019 During a screening and panel down the street two nights earlier, a standing ovation was shortly followed by disapproving groans when Waller-Bridge confirmed that, yet again, she's done with the show. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Fleabag' to James Bond and Beyond: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Death and Her Secret New Movie," 14 Aug. 2019 Seventy-two percent of Democrats approve of the resolution, with nearly as many Republicans disapproving. Fred Backus And Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, "Most Americans disagree with Trump's "go back" tweets — CBS News poll," 21 July 2019 So instead of dealing with disapproving insurance executives, Regenexx appeals directly to employers large enough to fund their own health plans. Time, "Employers Are Steering Workers Toward Controversial Stem Cell Therapies," 19 June 2019 Congress could invoke the Arms Export Control Act, pass a joint resolution disapproving additional arms sales, and dare the president to veto it. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Congress Can Stand Up to the Saudis," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of disapprove

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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26 Oct 2019

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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 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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