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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Some of Plank’s teammates disapproved as well, as did some of the reporters who covered the team. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 82, Doug Plank," 16 June 2019 Wheeler disapproves, but that doesn’t keep her from visiting with her daughter, Dora Francis Lee Thurber (likely Wheeler’s nephew) renovates the kitchen and baths of Pennyroyal, then sells it to the Reynal family. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "The Reno of This Historic Catskills Cottage Is Impeccable," 23 May 2019 While the court eventually allowed her to have the procedure, Kavanaugh disapproved. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Old Kavanaugh email questioning if Roe v Wade is 'settled law of the land' revealed," 6 Sep. 2018 At first, that seemed to be her fate in the show, too, as actress Amanda Brugel was restricted to a few short words with June (Elisabeth Moss) and some disapproving frowns. Sabrina Rojas Weiss, refinery29.com, "Handmaid's Tale," 5 June 2019 Polling at the time found more than 60 percent of the public disapproved of how the GOP was handling the shutdown. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Why the blame game over the government shutdown is pointless," 21 Dec. 2018 That's not to say everyone disapproved, though—some fans were feeling his style. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 The former Oregon Ducks star signed a reserve/futures deal with the Saints on Jan. 26, but the NFL disapproved the contract on Monday, according to multiple reports. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Ex-Duck Josh Huff signs with New Orleans Saints, NFL rejects deal," 1 Feb. 2018 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

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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

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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