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 Americans disapprove, by a 2-1 margin, of how the evacuation was carried out, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Only 36% of voters under the age of 30 approve of her, for example, compared with 49% who disapprove, according to YouGov. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Only 39% of Republicans approve of the way the Supreme Court is handling its job, compared to 41% who disapprove. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, 18 Mar. 2021 The share of respondents who strongly disapprove has reached its highest point since April, climbing this week to 10%. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 7 July 2020 Intensity has moved decidedly negative: Many more now strongly disapprove, 42%, than strongly approve, 25%. Gary Langer, ABC News, 3 Sep. 2021 The council could still disapprove the contract extensions. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 Well, look at it by party, 88% of Democrats approve, 88% of Republicans disapprove. NBC News, 22 Aug. 2021 First, large majorities of Republican voters disapprove of the January 6 rioters. David French, Time, 29 July 2021

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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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8 Oct 2021

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 18 Oct. 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 believe that someone or something is bad or wrong Mom disapproved of the TV show.

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