dis·ap·prove / ˌdisəˈproōv/ • v. [intr.] have or express an unfavorable opinion about something: Bob strongly disapproved of drinking and driving | [as adj.] (disapproving) he shot a disapproving glance at her. ∎ [tr.] officially refuse to agree to: a company may take power to disapprove the transfer of shares.DERIVATIVES: dis·ap·prov·er n.dis·ap·prov·ing·ly adv.