Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

disapproval - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [uncountable]     disapproval pronunciation in British English
  1. a feeling of not approving of someone or something
    disapproval of:

    He made no secret of his disapproval of the way the affair was handled.

    in/with disapproval:

    Dr Jensen shook her head in disapproval.

    a chorus of disapproval (=a lot of people saying that they disapprove of something):

    My suggestion met with a chorus of disapproval.

Open Dictionary

snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play