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 48% of Indians disapproved of the US tariffs against Indian products, the survey showed. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Trump’s approval ratings have never been better—in India," 20 Feb. 2020 Among Wisconsin women, 50.1% disapproved and 41.6% of men disapproved. cleveland, "Women breaking away from President Trump, could be deciding factor in 2020 presidential race," 22 Jan. 2020 As has been the case for his entire presidency, Democrats overwhelmingly oppose his leadership: 94% of Democrats disapprove in the new survey. Steve Peoples And Hannah Fingerhut, chicagotribune.com, "AP poll: 62% disapprove of Trump’s job performance; 5-point drop in approval on economy from last year," 22 Aug. 2019 As has been the case for his entire presidency, Democrats overwhelmingly oppose his leadership: 94% of Democrats disapprove in the new survey. Steve Peoples, Fortune, "Trump Approval Rating: Still Weak, Despite Economy," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent polls show that more Americans disapprove of Mr. Trump’s handling of the virus than approve. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Criticized for Pandemic Response, Trump Tries Shifting Blame to the W.H.O.," 14 Apr. 2020 One poll suggests more voters disapproved of the job McSally was doing in the Senate than approve of it. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "'Frozen in time': Coronavirus upends Senate race between Martha McSally and Mark Kelly," 3 Apr. 2020 Texas Latino voters also disapprove of the current president, 62% to 38%, the poll said. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Bernie Sanders leads Democratic primary candidates with Texas Latino voters in new poll," 28 Feb. 2020 Polls have consistently shown that more people disapprove of Trump's handling of his job than approve, but the president has not calibrated, instead redoubling his focus on his most avid backers. al.com, "Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on his most avid backers," 19 June 2019

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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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24 May 2020

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“Disapprove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disapprove. Accessed 5 Jun. 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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