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Meaning of “refuse” in the English Dictionary

"refuse" in British English

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refuseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /rɪˈfjuːz/
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 ​coldmornings the ​car always refuses tostart. [+ two objects] The ​localcouncil refused him ​planningpermission to ​build an ​extrabedroom.

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refusenoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈref.juːs/ formal
(Definition of refuse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"refuse" in American English

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refuseverb [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 ​coldmornings, the ​car may refuse to ​start.
refusal
noun [C/U]  us   /rɪˈfju·zəl/
[C] His refusal to ​contributemoney angered the organizers.

refusenoun [U]

 us   /ˈref·jus/
  • refuse noun [U] (GARBAGE)

worthless or ​unwantedobjects or ​materials; ​garbage: We ​separate refuse from recyclables.
(Definition of refuse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"refuse" in Business English

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refuseverb [I or T]

uk   us   /rɪˈfjuːz/
to say that you will not do or ​accept something: refuse an offer/request/invitation The ​governmentproposes to ​cutunemploymentbenefits to those who refuse ​joboffers.refuse sb sth The ​company was ​forced to ​close when it was refused a new ​bankloan.refuse to do sth Some ​bigbrand wines are refusing to ​acceptsupermarketpricereductions.
(Definition of refuse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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