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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: refuser, from Latin refundere 'to pour back'

refuse

1 verb
     
re‧fuse1 S2 W1
1 [intransitive] to say firmly that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do:
She asked him to leave, but he refused.
refuse to do something
I absolutely refuse to take part in anything illegal.
flatly refuse/refuse point-blank (to do something) (=refuse immediately and directly without giving a reason)
Mom flatly refused to go back into the hospital.
When he offered all that money, I could hardly refuse (=could not refuse), could I?
2 [intransitive and transitive] to say no to something that you have been offered [= turn down]:
She refused a second piece of cake.
The offer seemed too good to refuse.
3 [transitive] to not give or allow someone something that they want, especially when they have asked for it officially
refuse somebody something
She was refused a work permit.

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