Antonyms for approve

Grammar : Verb
Spell : uh-proov
Phonetic Transcription : əˈpruv

Definition of approve

Origin :
  • c.1300, "to demonstrate, prove;" mid-14c., "to attest (something) with authority," from Old French aprover (Modern French approuver) "approve, agree to," from Latin approbare "to assent to as good, regard as good," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + probare "to try, test something (to find if it is good)," from probus "honest, genuine" (see prove).
  • The meaning extended late 14c. to "to sanction, endorse, confirm formally" then to "assent to (something) as good" (early 15c.), especially in reference to the actions of authorities, parliaments, etc. Related: Approved; approving.
  • verb agree something is good
  • verb allow, authorize
Example sentences :
  • The hospital did not approve of engagements between nurses and the staff.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I don't suppose it makes any difference whether I approve or not.
  • Extract from : « In the Midst of Alarms » by Robert Barr
  • Folks pretend to approve of 'em and all the while they're laughing at 'em up their sleeves.
  • Extract from : « Dust » by Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • I have written an answer to his letter; will you look at it, and tell me if you approve of it?
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • "Mademoiselle, I see, does not approve of such bourgeois diversions," said he.
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He watched her anxiously, quick to approve her merits as she displayed them.
  • Extract from : « The Black Bag » by Louis Joseph Vance
  • The friends of the king cannot approve the ambition of the king to die.
  • Extract from : « Leila, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I accept your congratulations with pride, and I am glad you approve.'
  • Extract from : « Little Dorrit » by Charles Dickens
  • He had never been able wholly to approve Miss Julia Desmond.
  • Extract from : « The Incomplete Amorist » by E. Nesbit
  • I would rather have you find fault with me like a friend than approve me like a dilettante.
  • Extract from : « The Greater Inclination » by Edith Wharton

Synonyms for approve

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