Definition of 'refute'
Example sentences containing 'refute'
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We strongly refute these claims. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The firms refuted the claims and said the adverts met advertising standards. The Sun (2012)And a quick look at the numbers would tend to refute this theory. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It is difficult to refute this accusation. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Lawyers for the accused refuted the charges. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We utterly refute any allegation to the contrary. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The activists and the police refuted the claims. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He is strenuously keen to refute any charges of elitism that might still cling to the place. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We strongly refute any allegations regarding the culture of the organisation. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But he refuted the claims and his wife stuck by him. The Sun (2013)The officer representing him made no attempt to refute the allegations. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But we strongly refute any allegation the programme is in any way faked. The Sun (2013)Friends pointed to his comments at the weekend in which he refuted claims that he had sold his yacht. Times, Sunday Times (2008)None of them refuted the charges. Times, Sunday Times (2010)They both vigorously refute the allegations. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Let's refute the second charge straight away. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This study uses historical fact and Scripture to refute those claims. Christianity Today (2000)The most recent outpourings have suggested that his marriage is failing, a claim the couple refute. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We completely refute these allegations, which are both false and defamatory. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I must be able to refute these rumours point by point. Wives and Daughters (1864)I totally refute the charges and will vigorously defend myself against them. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He can no longer be punished for what he is accused of doing, but he cannot refute the accusations either. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Some writers are aware that to refute a charge is stronger than to deny it, but are unclear where the difference lies. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He simply held up his purple ribbon and raised his eyebrows at me as if to say'your argument is thus refuted'. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'refute'
British English: refute VERB
If you refute an argument, accusation, or theory, you prove that it is wrong or untrue.
It was the kind of rumour that it is impossible to refute.
Definition of refute from the Collins English Dictionary
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