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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
First recorded in 1475-85; dis-1 + approve
Related forms
disapprover, noun
disapprovingly, adverb
postdisapproved, adjective
Can be confused
deny, disapprove, disprove, rebut, refute.
1. deplore, decry, criticize.
1. praise. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disapprove
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  • You have never been to the theatre, you say, and yet you disapprove of it.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • I think, my dear mother, you would not disapprove of her as a daughter.

    Lady Susan Jane Austen
  • By which is implied a right to disapprove, if they think fit.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I know you well enough to realize that you do not disapprove of what I am doing.

  • And though I disapprove of your husband's doings, you know I would not willingly do him any harm?

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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