to think that somebody/something is not good or suitable; to not approve of somebody/something She wants to be an actress, but her parents disapprove. disapprove of somebody/something He strongly disapproved of the changes that had been made. disapprove something (North American English) A solid majority disapproves the way the president is handling the controversy. opposite approveExtra examples bigots who morally disapprove of homosexuality socially disapproved behavior In some parts of India, inter-caste marriages were thoroughly disapproved of. She wants to be an actor but her parents disapprove.
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BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːv//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːv//[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disapprove
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːv//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːv//he / she / it disapproves
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvz//past simple disapproved
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvd//past participle disapproved
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvd//-ing form disapproving
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpruːvɪŋ//