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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dis-uh-proov]
    • /ˌdɪs əˈpruv/
    • /ˌdɪsəˈpruːv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dis-uh-proov]
    • /ˌdɪs əˈpruv/

Definitions of disapprove word

  • verb with object disapprove to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion. 1
  • verb with object disapprove to withhold approval from; decline to sanction: The Senate disapproved the nominations. 1
  • verb without object disapprove to have an unfavorable opinion; express disapproval (usually followed by of). 1
  • noun disapprove Have or express an unfavorable opinion about something. 1
  • intransitive verb disapprove consider sth to be bad 1
  • intransitive verb disapprove consider bad, unsuitable 1

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Origin of disapprove

First appearance:

before 1475
One of the 25% oldest English words
First recorded in 1475-85; dis-1 + approve

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Parts of speech for Disapprove


disapprove popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

disapprove usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for disapprove

verb disapprove

  • veto — the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.
  • denounce — If you denounce a person or an action, you criticize them severely and publicly because you feel strongly that they are wrong or evil.
  • decry — If someone decries an idea or action, they criticize it strongly.
  • oppose — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.
  • reject — to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.

Antonyms for disapprove

verb disapprove

  • ratify — to confirm by expressing consent, approval, or formal sanction: to ratify a constitutional amendment.
  • sanction — authoritative permission or approval, as for an action.
  • compliment — A compliment is a polite remark that you say to someone to show that you like their appearance, appreciate their qualities, or approve of what they have done.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
  • laud — to praise; extol.

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