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 Some, like the president, disapprove of Sessions’s recusal in the Trump-Russia investigation. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Sessions primary tests Trump influence with the GOP base," 12 July 2020 Ewall-Wice and Eleanor Watson report the polling breaks down further along party lines with 72% of Republicans approving while 92% of Democrats disapprove. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: 58% of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of race relations," 4 June 2020 More than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of how President Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "67% disapprove of Trump’s handling of coronavirus pandemic, poll shows," 10 July 2020 The Suffolk poll showed that a mere 6 percent of Democratic voters approve of the job that Donald Trump is doing as president, while more than 15 times as many (92 percent) disapprove. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, "Paleologos on the Poll: First we couldn't talk politics at Thanksgiving. Now, the 4th?," 3 July 2020 As protests continue across the country, new CBS News polling finds 58% of Americans disapprove of President Trump's handling of race relations, while 33% approve. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: 58% of Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of race relations," 4 June 2020 Most also disapprove of Congress' response, however, and on that, partisans agree. CBS News, "Majority agree with Black Lives Matter and say major police reform is needed — CBS News poll," 28 June 2020 Take advantage of lucky breaks and helpful advice in the first half of January but lay low during the second half, when someone might disapprove, responsibilities could be burdensome, and bills could pile up. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 27, 2020: Virgo, message confuses you; Capricorn, you’re hotter than you think," 27 June 2020 That does not translate, however, into those who disapprove of the president backing Biden, whose 49 percent support is below Trump’s 53 percent disapproval. Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Biden leads in Florida as Trump lags among seniors," 25 June 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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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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