[ dis-uh-proov ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈpruv /

verb (used with object), dis·ap·proved, dis·ap·prov·ing.

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), dis·ap·proved, dis·ap·prov·ing.

to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of).

Nearby words

  1. disappointing,
  2. disappointment,
  3. disappointment, cape,
  4. disapprobation,
  5. disapproval,
  6. disapproving,
  7. disarm,
  8. disarmament,
  9. disarming,
  10. disarmingly

Origin of disapprove

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + approve

Related formsdis·ap·prov·er, noundis·ap·prov·ing·ly, adverbpost·dis·ap·proved, adjective

Can be confuseddeny disapprove disprove rebut refute

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British Dictionary definitions for disapprove


/ (ˌdɪsəˈpruːv) /


(intr often foll by of) to consider wrong, bad, etc
(tr) to withhold approval from
Derived Formsdisapproving, adjectivedisapprovingly, 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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