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.

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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 Of course, two-thirds of Americans disapproved of Martin Luther King Jr. in a 1966 Gallup poll. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, "NFL owners have picked a political side with new anthem policy — and it's the wrong side of history," 24 May 2018 The future king knew that the palace disapproved of his former girlfriend as a potential wife, but the two continued to spend time together even after Camilla married in 1974. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Why Camilla Parker Bowles Was at Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 Similarly, in December the GOP tax bill was notably unpopular, with 26 percent approving of it and 47 percent disapproving. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "A New Poll Looks Mighty Grim for Democrats," 31 Jan. 2018 When a piece of apparel starts being associated with right wing terrorists and murderers, that would probably be a good time for people who disapprove of their actions to stop wearing that apparel. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "How the MAGA Hat Became a Symbol of Hate," 31 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of disapprove

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 May 2019

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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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