Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “refuse”

See all translations

refuse

verb [I or T]
 
 
/rɪˈfjuːz/
to say that you will not do or accept something: refuse an offer/request/invitation The government proposes to cut unemployment benefits to those who refuse job offers.refuse sb sth The company was forced to close when it was refused a new bank loan.refuse to do sth Some big brand wines are refusing to accept supermarket price reductions.
(Definition of refuse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of refuse?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “refuse” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

christmassy

typical of Christmas, or happy because it is Christmas

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More