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

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 However, due to the sense of separatism in Japan—which dates back to the 1630s when the Tokugawa shogunate cut off the archipelago from the rest of the world, according to The New York Times—Tamaki’s parents disapproved of her relationship with Francois, which led to their estrangement. Jason Pham, StyleCaster, 3 July 2024 And Trump gets the better of the two among the poor job performers: Trump’s presidency gets a disapproval of 53% from third-party voters and Biden’s current presidency is disapproved by 71%. David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 2 July 2024 This came after a tribute performance that many fans seemingly disapproved of. Armon Sadler, VIBE.com, 1 July 2024 However, one of Navarrete’s amendments also includes a separate resolution formally disapproving a $120,000 award to the Salvation Army. Tim Clouser | The Center Square, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for disapprove 

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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

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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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