[ ri-proov ]
/ rɪˈpruv /
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verb (used with object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.

to criticize or correct, especially gently: to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
to disapprove of strongly; censure: to reprove a bad decision.
Obsolete. to disprove or refute.

verb (used without object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.

to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.



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Origin of reprove

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English reproven, from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, equivalent to re-re- + probāre “to test,” (see prove)
1. See reproach.
re·prov·er, nounre·prov·ing·ly, adverb
re-prove, reprove

Definition for reprove (2 of 2)

[ ree-proov ]
/ riˈpruv /

verb (used with or without object), re-proved, re-proved or re-prov·en, re-prov·ing.

to prove again.

Origin of re-prove

First recorded in 1520–30; re- + prove
re-prove , reprove
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British Dictionary definitions for reprove

/ (rɪˈpruːv) /


(tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
reprovable, adjectivereprover, nounreproving, adjectivereprovingly, adverb
C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve 1
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