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"refuse" in British English

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refuseverb [I or T]

uk   /rɪˈfjuːz/ 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 cold mornings the car always refuses to start. [+ two objects] The local council refused him planning permission to build an extra bedroom.

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refusenoun [U]

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

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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 cold mornings, the car may refuse to start.
refusal
noun [C/U] us   /rɪˈfju·zəl/
[C] His refusal to contribute money angered the organizers.

refusenoun [U]

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

worthless or unwanted objects 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   /rɪˈfjuːz/ us  
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)
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