Definition of disapprove in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈpruːv/


[no object]
1Have or express an unfavourable opinion: Bob strongly disapproved of drinking and driving
More example sentences
  • Some of these same critics also disapproved of his drinking habits and his choice of friends who visited local taverns.
  • The effect of political correctness, which disapproves of such views, merely means they are not spoken aloud in places where they will be disapproved of.
  • Earlier, the Chief Minister disapproved of Mr. Jerome's statement.
have/express a poor opinion of, dislike, be against, object to, find unacceptable, think wrong, take exception to, not believe in, not support, frown on, take a dim view of, look askance at;
be dissatisfied with, be displeased with, be hostile towards;
detest, deplore, despise, loathe;
criticize, censure, blame, condemn, denounce, decry, reproach, rebuke, reprove, remonstrate against;
disparage, deprecate
informal look down one's nose at, knock
rare animadvert
reproachful, reproving, full of reproof;
critical, criticizing, censorious, condemnatory, condemning, denouncing, scathing, damning;
disparaging, deprecatory, unfavourable, pejorative, derogatory;
dissatisfied, displeased, hostile
informal knocking, slating
1.1 [with object] Officially refuse to agree to: a company may take power to disapprove the transfer of shares
More example sentences
  • Parliament is not going to choose the buyers in the privatisation deals but just approve or disapprove the decision by the executive power.
  • Instead, Kitty, Congress must actively disapprove an act to block the bill in order to keep it from going into effect as it has been negotiated.
  • The FDA will then evaluate the recommendation and either approve or disapprove the product for marketing.
reject, refuse, turn down, veto, disallow, set aside, throw out, dismiss, say ‘no’ to, rule against, rule out
informal give the thumbs down to



Example sentences
  • So it's natural that the ‘disapprovers,’ essentially all of whom I take to be loyal Democrats, would become more numerous.
  • I suppose every society needs its self-appointed professional disapprovers, but they really wouldn't be much fun to sit next to at a dinner party.
  • Some facilities have a critical mass of sexual offenders so the individual sexual offender is safer from the aggressive disapprovers.

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