verb Date: 1614 transitive verb 1. to pass unfavorable judgment on 2. to refuse approval to ; reject intransitive verb to feel or express disapprovaldisapprover noundisapprovingly adverb

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  • Disapprove — Dis ap*prove, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disapproved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disapproving}.] [Pref. dis + approve: cf. F. d[ e]approuver. Cf. {Disapprobation}.] 1. To pass unfavorable judgment upon; to condemn by an act of the judgment; to regard as wrong,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disapprove — I (condemn) verb admonish, animadvert, belittle, berate, brand, call to account, cast aspersions on, cast blame upon, castigate, cavil, censure, chastise, chide, criticize, debase, declaim against, decry, denounce, denunciate, deprecate,… …   Law dictionary

  • disapprove — late 15c., disprove; as the reverse of approve it is first attested 1640s. See DIS (Cf. dis ) + APPROVE (Cf. approve). Related: Disapproved; disapproving …   Etymology dictionary

  • disapprove — disapprove, deprecate mean to feel or to express an objection to or condemnation of a person or thing. Dis approve implies an attitude of dislike or distaste on any good grounds (as social, ethical, or intellectual) and an unwillingness to accept …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disapprove — [v] condemn blame, censure, chastise, criticize, damn, decry, denounce, deplore, deprecate, detract, disallow, discommend, discountenance, disesteem, disfavor, dislike, dismiss, dispraise, expostulate, find fault with, find unacceptable, frown on …   New thesaurus

  • disapprove — ► VERB ▪ have or express an unfavourable opinion. DERIVATIVES disapproval noun disapproving adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • disapprove — [dis΄ə pro͞ov′] vt. disapproved, disapproving 1. to have or express an unfavorable opinion of; consider (something) wrong; condemn 2. to refuse to approve; reject vi. to have or express disapproval (of) disapprovingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • disapprove */ — UK [ˌdɪsəˈpruːv] / US [ˌdɪsəˈpruv] verb [intransitive] Word forms disapprove : present tense I/you/we/they disapprove he/she/it disapproves present participle disapproving past tense disapproved past participle disapproved to not approve of… …   English dictionary

  • disapprove — dis|ap|prove [ ,dısə pruv ] verb intransitive * to not approve of someone or something: She wanted to confide in Alan, but was frightened he might disapprove. disapprove of: Why do you always have to disapprove of everything I do? strongly… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • disapprove — v. 1) to disapprove completely, strongly, thoroughly, utterly 2) (D; intr.) to disapprove of (they disapproved strongly of my proposal) * * * [ˌdɪsə pruːv] strongly thoroughly utterly to disapprove completely (D; intr.) to disapprove of (they… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disapprove — dis|ap|prove [ˌdısəˈpru:v] v 1.) to think that someone or their behaviour, ideas etc are bad or wrong ≠ ↑approve ▪ I knew my parents would disapprove, but I went anyway. disapprove of ▪ I disapprove of diets; it s better to eat sensibly. ▪ Her… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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