Refuse

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Definition

to refuse: to decline, to reject, to say no
verb
Note: Do not confuse with the noun refuse which means 'garbage' or 'rubbish'.

a refusal: a rejection, a denial, a 'no'
noun

Examples

  • "Since I was no longer covered, my insurance claim against Kalvin Krime was refused, even though the truck driver was the responsible party."
  • "Apparently, my job is so boring even a robot refuses to do it."
  • "She refused to listen to me."
  • "I won't go into details but, in a classic example of cultural misunderstanding, she thought the small, red phone was intended as a gift, and she is now refusing to give it back!"
  • "Horatio was jailed in the meat freezer for refusing."
  • "Your business card was attached to the patient's buttocks with chewing gum. He refuses to reveal his name, and broke a fire-extinguisher during check in."
  • "He's refusing to eat his food - he won't touch anything except Scottish smoked salmon."
  • "Still, Miracle Juices' founders, Bruno Delavigne and Horatio Oléré, have refused to accept the initial terms of the offer, leading to prolonged bargaining sessions behind closed doors."
  • "and it was an offer he couldn't refuse."
  • "Delavigne Corp, already considered a maverick in the cosmetics industry for its staunch refusal to use animals in the testing of their products (aside from their controversial volunteer monkeys), hopes to promote ecological awareness among its long-time customers as well as take advantage of a new wave of environmental consciousness among consumers, brought to national attention by the recent bestseller 'Global Warming: It's all your fault'."

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