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English definition of “rebuff”


verb [T]  /rɪˈbʌf/ us  
to refuse to accept a suggestion, a request for help, or an offer to help, often in an unfriendly way: Our request for assistance has been rebuffed.
noun [C]  /rɪˈbʌf/ us  
Boren’s idea took a sharp rebuff.
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