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’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Indeed, the Church reproves every form of persecution against whomsoever it may be directed.’
    • ‘He is ‘always joking with her,’ never reproves her, even ‘babies her’ much of the time.’
    • ‘His tone was gently reproving, but I was determined not to let him talk me down.’
    • ‘John reproves what he perceives as the author's insolent comments and suggests bringing his angry feelings to God in prayer.’
    • ‘He fixed her with a mildly reproving glance which diluted quickly into a fond grin.’
    • ‘Now, however, he was looking straight at her, eyes direct, face serious and tone reproving.’
    • ‘‘Mock not, mock not,’ he reproves, ‘ere you flout old ends any further, examine your consciences.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘‘You always were far too impatient,’ Angelus reproved.’
    • ‘Whoever is unpunctual deserves that other people should reprove him for being unpunctual.’
    • ‘There was no discipline to impose itself on this clowning, and no parental authority to reprove it.’
    • ‘I reproved him, which rewarded me only with a glare and a longer drink.’
    • ‘I turned out of Father's office, not caring if he reproved me or not.’
    • ‘Our repeated failure to reprove and adequately rebuke heresy calls into serious question our theological system.’
    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

/rəˈpro͞ov//rəˈpruv/