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[dis-uh-proov] /ˌdɪs əˈpruv/
verb (used with object), disapproved, disapproving.
to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
to withhold approval from; decline to sanction:
The Senate disapproved the nominations.
verb (used without object), disapproved, disapproving.
to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).
Origin of disapprove
1475-85; dis-1 + approve
Related forms
disapprover, noun
disapprovingly, adverb
postdisapproved, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute (see synonym study at deny)
disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.
1. deplore, decry, criticize.
1. praise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disapprove
  • Most of them disapprove of that cynicism to the extent that they are willing to suffer to make a point.
  • As expected, entertainment groups disapprove of such measures.
  • They know that voters disapprove of these newspapers at the same time as buying them.
  • Some cling to democracy as the final ideal, and certainly they have the right to disapprove of our service.
  • They disapprove of the vapid notion that spending more on a soft drink or ice cream can bring happiness or social cachet.
  • But even if members wanted to form one, they felt that management would disapprove.
  • Shareholders disapprove of paying down long-term debt, especially if it is a fixed interest rate.
  • The report was accurate, and the students did not disapprove of the gossip.
  • By overwhelming margins, they either disapprove or are remarkably indifferent.
  • Much she did in secret, so that her husband couldn't disapprove.
British Dictionary definitions for disapprove


(intransitive) often foll by of. to consider wrong, bad, etc
(transitive) to withhold approval from
Derived Forms
disapproving, adjective
disapprovingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disapprove

late 15c., "disprove;" as the reverse of approve it is first attested 1640s. See dis- + approve. Related: Disapproved; disapproving.

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