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refuse

verb [I/T]  us   /rɪˈfjuz/

refuse verb [I/T] (SAY NO)

to say or show that you are not willing to do, accept, or allow something: [I] She asked him for a loan, but he refused. [T] We were refused admission to the building. [+ to infinitive] On cold mornings, the car may refuse to start.
refusal
noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈfju·zəl/
[C] His refusal to contribute money angered the organizers.
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