[ 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).

Origin of disapprove

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

Related forms

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

Can be confused

deny disapprove disprove rebut refute
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British Dictionary definitions for disapprovingly


/ (ˌdɪsəˈpruːv) /


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

Derived Forms

disapproving, adjectivedisapprovingly, adverb
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