verb (used with object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.

  1. to criticize or correct, especially gently: to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
  2. to disapprove of strongly; censure: to reprove a bad decision.
  3. Obsolete. to disprove or refute.

verb (used without object), re·proved, re·prov·ing.

  1. to speak in reproof; administer a reproof.

verb (used with or without object), re-proved, re-proved or re-prov·en, re-prov·ing.

  1. to prove again.


  1. (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.

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