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disapprove

dis·ap·prove

disapprove

 
pronunciation:
dIs pruv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), 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
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derivations: disapprovingly (adv.), disapprover (n.)
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