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Spanish translation of “refuse”


verb /rəˈfjuːz/
not to do what one has been asked , told or is expected to do
negarse (a)
He refused to help me She refused to believe what I said When I asked him to leave , he refused .
not to accept
He refused my offer of help They refused our invitation She refused the money .
not to give ( permission etc)
negar a algo a alguien
I was refused admittance to the meeting .
refusal noun
negativa , denegación
I was surprised at his refusal to help me When we sent out the wedding invitations , we had several refusals .
(Definition of refuse from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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