Meaning of “refuse” - Learner’s Dictionary

refuse

verb [ I, T ] us uk /rɪˈfjuːz/
Extra Examples
I refuse to compromise my principles.If you refuse to obey the law, you'll be arrested.The Pentagon refused to comment on potential military targets.The woman refused to give her name.He refuses to accept that he's made a mistake.

B1 to say that you will not do or accept something:

I asked him to leave but he refused.
[ + to do sth ] Cathy refuses to admit that she was wrong.

(Definition of “refuse verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)