dis·​ap·​prove ˌdis-ə-ˈprüv How to pronounce disapprove (audio)
disapproved; disapproving; disapproves

transitive verb

: to pass unfavorable judgment on
: to refuse approval to : reject

intransitive verb

: to feel or express disapproval
disapprover noun
disapprovingly adverb

Example Sentences

She married him even though her parents disapproved. The treaty was disapproved by the Senate.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1562, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disapprove was circa 1562

Dictionary Entries Near disapprove

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


dis·​ap·​prove ˌdis-ə-ˈprüv How to pronounce disapprove (audio)
: to dislike or be against someone or something
disapproved the child's conduct
disapproves of smoking
: to refuse to give approval to : reject
disapproved the architect's plans
disapprovingly adverb

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