Definition of reprove in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈpro͞ov/


[with object]
Reprimand or censure (someone): he was reproved for obscenity [with direct speech]: “Don’t be childish, Hilary,” he reproved mildly (as adjective reproving) a reproving glance
More example sentences
  • He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.
  • Growing up bilingual in English and German, Hobsbawm picked up three or four other languages along the way (he reproves monoglot historians for their provincialism).
  • He is ‘always joking with her,’ never reproves her, even ‘babies her’ much of the time.
reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, rake/haul over the coals, criticize, censure
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist
formal castigate





Example sentences
  • And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house.


Pronunciation: /rəˈpro͞oviNGlē/
Example sentences
  • One reader she noted, had written to her reprovingly, but added: ‘You may have lost your marbles, but you have kept your manners.’
  • I have actually started to avoid the computer which seems to look at me reprovingly every time I pass by.
  • ‘Oh don't laugh,’ the girl said reprovingly to Sam.


Middle English (also in the senses 'reject' and 'censure'): from Old French reprover, from late Latin reprobare 'disapprove' (see reprobate).

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Syllabification: re·prove

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