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English definition of “refuse”

refuse

verb [I or T] uk   /rɪˈfjuːz/ us  
B1 to say that you will not do or accept something: He asked me to give him another loan, but I refused. He's in trouble but he's refused all (my offers of) help. [+ to infinitive] On cold mornings the car always refuses to start. [+ two objects] The local council refused him planning permission to build an extra bedroom.Refusing and rejecting

refuse

noun [U] uk   /ˈref.juːs/ formal us  
unwanted waste material, especially material that is regularly thrown away from a house, factory, etc.: garden/kitchen refuseRubbish and wasteEnvironmental issues
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