Meaning of “disapprove” in the English Dictionary

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"disapprove" in British English

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disapproveverb [ I ]

uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpruːv/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpruːv/

B2 to feel that something or someone is bad, wrong, etc.:

The survey showed that 32 percent of respondents approve, 54 percent disapprove, and the rest are undecided.
I strongly disapprove of underage drinking.

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  • I disapprove of all the violence that is shown on television.
  • He claims he was forced to leave his job by a group of students who disapproved of his views.
  • Sex before marriage is strongly disapproved of in some cultures.
  • He always disapproves of any new ideas suggested by anyone below him in the department.
  • I didn't suggest that we held the party here, as I knew you would disapprove.

(Definition of “disapprove” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disapprove" in American English

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disapproveverb [ I ]

us /ˌdɪs·əˈpruv/

to think that something is wrong, or to have a bad opinion about someone:

Some people disapproved of the School Board’s decision to have students wear uniforms.
They disapproved of his conduct.

(Definition of “disapprove” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)