Definition of reprove in US English:

reprove

verb

[with object]
  • Reprimand or censure (someone)

    ‘he was reproved for obscenity’
    with direct speech ‘“Don't be childish, Hilary,” he reproved mildly’
    ‘a reproving glance’
    • ‘There was no discipline to impose itself on this clowning, and no parental authority to reprove it.’
    • ‘He is ‘always joking with her,’ never reproves her, even ‘babies her’ much of the time.’
    • ‘Whoever is unpunctual deserves that other people should reprove him for being unpunctual.’
    • ‘The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.’
    • ‘John reproves what he perceives as the author's insolent comments and suggests bringing his angry feelings to God in prayer.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed.’
    • ‘He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.’
    • ‘‘You always were far too impatient,’ Angelus reproved.’
    • ‘Edie reproved herself bitterly for hugging Walter the way she had, earlier.’
    • ‘The owners of one Goff house reproved gossiping neighbours by posting a sign, ‘We don't like your house either’.’
    • ‘Our repeated failure to reprove and adequately rebuke heresy calls into serious question our theological system.’
    • ‘‘Mock not, mock not,’ he reproves, ‘ere you flout old ends any further, examine your consciences.’’
    • ‘‘Mustn't be cruel to animals, my boy,’ he reproved, with both palms cradling the gleaming-orange face so that it hooked to his own faintly stern one.’
    • ‘Emma makes a joke to Mr Knightley about their being ‘so much brother and sister’, but he reproves and corrects her in a way that is more fatherly than anything her own fretful parent can manage.’
    • ‘His tone was gently reproving, but I was determined not to let him talk me down.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Though sympathetic toward General Tang, Li said he still felt compelled to criticize General Tang for not obeying the moral principles of the military to never reprove superior officers.’
    • ‘I turned out of Father's office, not caring if he reproved me or not.’
    • ‘Now, however, he was looking straight at her, eyes direct, face serious and tone reproving.’
    • ‘I reproved him, which rewarded me only with a glare and a longer drink.’
    reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

reprove

/rəˈpruv//rəˈpro͞ov/