|Origin:||refuser, from Latin refundere 'to pour back'|
re‧fuse1 S2 W1
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.
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.