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).

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

Synonyms for disapprove

Antonyms for disapprove

1. praise.
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Examples from the Web for disapprove

Contemporary Examples of disapprove

Historical Examples of disapprove

  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for disapprove



(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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