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re-prove

[ree-proov] /riˈpruv/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), re-proved, re-proved or re-proven, re-proving.
1.
to prove again.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; re- + prove
Can be confused
re-prove, reprove.

reprove

[ri-proov] /rɪˈpruv/
verb (used with object), reproved, reproving.
1.
to criticize or correct, especially gently:
to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
2.
to disapprove of strongly; censure:
to reprove a bad decision.
3.
Obsolete. to disprove or refute.
verb (used without object), reproved, reproving.
4.
to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English reproven < Old French reprover < Late Latin reprobāre, equivalent to re- re- + probāre to test, prove
Related forms
reprover, noun
reprovingly, adverb
Can be confused
re-prove, reprove.
Synonyms
1. scold, reprimand, upbraid, chide, reprehend, admonish. See reproach.
Antonyms
1. praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for reproves

reprove

/rɪˈpruːv/
verb
1.
(transitive) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
Derived Forms
reprovable, adjective
reprover, noun
reproving, adjective
reprovingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve1
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Word Origin and History for reproves

reprove

v.

c.1300, from Old French reprover "accuse, blame" (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn" (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.

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