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disapprove

dis·ap·prove

disapprove

 
pronunciation:
dIs pruv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to hold an unfavorable opinion (often fol. by of).
All the teachers disapprove of this student's rude behavior.She disapproves of her daughter wearing makeup at age thirteen.Her father disapproves of her boyfriend.
synonyms:
object
antonyms:
approve
similar words:
animadvert, frown on, mind, take exception
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: disapproved, disapproves, disapproving
definition 1: to refuse to approve or sanction; reject.
The committee disapproved the measure.Now that she has been approved as a member, we cannot disapprove her.
synonyms:
disallow, reject
antonyms:
approve
similar words:
deny, discountenance, refuse, veto
definition 2: to regard unfavorably; dislike; censure.
Even members of his own party have begun to disapprove him.The speech was generally disapproved, and some statements were even met with boos.
synonyms:
censure, discountenance, disfavor, dislike
antonyms:
admire, approve, favor
similar words:
condemn, criticize, decry, denounce, deplore, deprecate, objurgate
derivations: disapprovingly (adv.), disapprover (n.)
Word Parts
The word disapprove contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
prob, prov, -prove Latin root that means good; test, prove