Definition of disapprove in English:



  • 1Have or express an unfavourable opinion.

    ‘Bob strongly disapproved of drinking and driving’
    • ‘Not only is every episode gone through in surprising detail but we soon learn why each colleague who disapproved of his op-ed was a hypocrite for doing so.’
    • ‘I thoroughly disapprove of cars in many circumstances.’
    • ‘They never did quite process that there's a postmodern kind of human curiosity that gets pleasure out of things formerly disapproved of.’
    • ‘My parents, while they don't openly oppose my lifestyle, clearly disapprove.’
    • ‘Her son was 21 and clearly disapproved of his mother's pregnancy.’
    • ‘And Americans have generally disapproved of extensive efforts at domestic security.’
    • ‘The student unions of the college also disapproved of the administration's tactics regarding the decision to end the program.’
    • ‘No poll was taken to find out whether the newspaper editors approved or disapproved of the job he was doing.’
    • ‘She had fallen in love with a fellow student, of whom her parents disapproved.’
    • ‘Most Americans disapprove of the jobs that Republicans and Democrats are doing.’
    • ‘Usually they're in the forms of ancestors, mostly benevolent and at worst sternly disapproving.’
    • ‘He had a troubled childhood, being frequently beaten by his father and uncles who disapproved of his artistic interests.’
    • ‘He also disapproved of the additional barriers the fascist policy presented to women in pursuit of a full education.’
    • ‘Why do citizens acquiesce in regimes of which they obviously disapprove?’
    • ‘Earlier, the Chief Minister disapproved of Mr. Jerome's statement.’
    • ‘Surveys also have found that the percentage of parents who strongly disapprove of drinking has dropped.’
    • ‘Interestingly, he generally disapproved of borrowings outside of financing entrepreneurship.’
    • ‘Some of these same critics also disapproved of his drinking habits and his choice of friends who visited local taverns.’
    • ‘I never did this, I hasten to add, and disapproved heartily.’
    • ‘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.’
    express a poor opinion of, have 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
    reproachful, reproving, full of reproof
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    1. 1.1with object Officially refuse to agree to.
      ‘a company may take power to disapprove the transfer of shares’
      • ‘The FDA will then evaluate the recommendation and either approve or disapprove the product for marketing.’
      • ‘If the President disapproves the list, the commission has until October 20 to submit revised recommendations.’
      • ‘These terms were scheduled to the consent order and, speaking for myself, I do not think that the judge was concerned to approve them or disapprove them.’
      • ‘The Master has the discretion to approve or disapprove a claim, or ask for a refund in case a wrong payment was made.’
      • ‘The remaining programs may not have sought approval or some may have been disapproved by the peer review committee.’
      • ‘Suggestions that medical treatment might sometimes come into this category have been disapproved, although it might cover some aspects of nursing care.’
      • ‘In the confirmation or second stage, the Senate alone determines whether to approve or disapprove a nomination.’
      • ‘The President will then have until September 23 to approve or disapprove the list.’
      • ‘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 contractor approves or disapproves the purchases made by the FOO.’
      • ‘Most expected the French voters to disapprove the EU's new constitution.’
      • ‘It would be unworkable for the Crown, as applicant, to disapprove a respondent's ownership interest.’
      • ‘In 1991 both the Senate and the House took early action to disapprove the presidential waiver renewing China's MFN status.’
      • ‘Most do not give reasons for disapproving the demolition, just expressing their disapproval of the proposal.’
      • ‘In many traditionalists' ideal world, the legislature would disapprove gay marriage and that would be that.’
      • ‘Even for trivial requests like days off, my manager thought that it was his job to approve or disapprove the request.’
      • ‘I think rarely do they ever disapprove a request for a sympathy subpoena, for a warrant to go ahead and issue a wiretap.’
      • ‘The obiter remarks of his Honour were disapproved in Groves.’
      • ‘Parliament is not going to choose the buyers in the privatisation deals but just approve or disapprove the decision by the executive power.’
      • ‘It takes the Air Force Personnel Center four to six weeks to approve or disapprove applications.’
      reject, refuse, turn down, veto, disallow, set aside, throw out, dismiss, say ‘no’ to, rule against, rule out
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