refuseverb [ I or T ]uk /rɪˈfjuːz/ us /rɪˈfjuːz/
B1 to say that you will not do or accept something:
- They invited me to dinner and I thought it would be churlish to refuse.
- The management reserve the right to refuse entrance.
- She's a strict vegetarian and refuses to eat any poultry or fish.
- The managing director refused to divulge how much she earned.
- He refused to say anything on the grounds that he might incriminate himself.