refuse

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Pronunciation[change]

verb
noun

Verb[change]

Plain form
refuse

Third-person singular
refuses

Past tense
refused

Past participle
refused

Present participle
refusing

  1. (transitive) If you refuse a request or demand, you decline or reject it.
    I refuse to take the offer for this house.
  2. (intransitive) If you refuse a request or demand, you do not give your permission for it; you withhold it.
    My request for a pay raise was refused.

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Usage notes[change]

  • This is a catenative verb, which means that it can be followed with another verb with a to in between the two verbs:
I refuse to take the offer for this house.

Noun[change]

Singular
refuse

Plural
none

  1. (uncountable) Refuse is stuff that people don't need and throw away.

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