[ ri-proov ]
/ rɪˈpruv /

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.

Nearby words

  1. reprographics,
  2. reprography,
  3. reproof,
  4. reprovable,
  5. reproval,
  6. reproving,
  7. rept,
  8. rept.,
  9. reptant,
  10. reptile

Origin of reprove

1275–1325; Middle English reproven < Old French reprover < Late Latin reprobāre, equivalent to re- re- + probāre to test, prove

1. praise.

Related formsre·prov·er, nounre·prov·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confusedre-prove reprove Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reprovingly


/ (rɪˈpruːv) /


(tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
Derived Formsreprovable, adjectivereprover, nounreproving, adjectivereprovingly, adverb

Word Origin for reprove

C14: from Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, from Latin re- + probāre to examine, approve 1

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Word Origin and History for reprovingly



c.1300, from Old French reprover "accuse, blame" (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare "disapprove, reject, condemn" (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.

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