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disapprove

[dis-uh-proov] /ˌdɪs əˈpruv/
verb (used with object), disapproved, disapproving.
1.
to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
2.
to withhold approval from; decline to sanction:
The Senate disapproved the nominations.
verb (used without object), disapproved, disapproving.
3.
to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).
Origin
1475-1485
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.
Synonyms
1. deplore, decry, criticize.
Antonyms
1. praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for disapprove of

disapprove

/ˌdɪsəˈpruːv/
verb
1.
(intransitive) often foll by of. to consider wrong, bad, etc
2.
(transitive) to withhold approval from
Derived Forms
disapproving, adjective
disapprovingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for disapprove of

disapprove

v.

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

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