Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To voice or convey disapproval of; rebuke. See Synonyms at admonish.
  • transitive v. To find fault with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To convince.
  • transitive v. To disprove; to refute.
  • transitive v. To chide to the face as blameworthy; to accuse as guilty; to censure.
  • transitive v. To express disapprobation of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To disapprove; condemn; censure.
  • To charge with a fault; chide; reprehend: formerly sometimes with of.
  • To convince, as of a fault; convict.
  • To refute; disprove.
  • Synonyms and Rebuke, Reprimand, etc. See censure and admonition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take to task

Etymologies

Middle English reproven, from Anglo-Norman repruver, variant of Old French reprover, from Late Latin reprobāre, to disapprove; see reprobate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman reprover, Middle French reprouver, from Latin reprobāre. (Wiktionary)

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