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English definition of “reprove”


verb [T]     /rɪˈpruːv/ formal
to tell someone that you disapprove of their bad or silly behaviour : The teacher gently reproved the boys for not paying attention .Chastising and rebuking reproving     /-ˈpruː.vɪŋ/ adjective She threw him an angry and reproving look / glance .Chastising and rebuking
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