verb (used with object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.
- to criticize or correct, especially gently: to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
- to disapprove of strongly; censure: to reprove a bad decision.
- Obsolete. to disprove or refute.
verb (used without object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.
- to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.
- (tr) to speak disapprovingly to (a person); rebuke or scold
c.1300, from Old French reprover “accuse, blame” (12c.), from Late Latin reprobare “disapprove, reject, condemn” (see reprobate). Related: Reproved; reproving.