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Definition of demur verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

demur

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verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɜːr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demur
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɜː(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɜːr//
 
he / she / it demurs
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɜːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɜːrz//
 
past simple demurred
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɜːrd//
 
past participle demurred
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɜːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɜːrd//
 
-ing form demurring
BrE BrE//dɪˈmɜːrɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈmɜːrɪŋ//
 
 
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(demurring, demurred) [intransitive] (+ speech) (formal) to say that you do not agree with something or that you refuse to do something At first she demurred, but then finally agreed. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘linger, delay’): from Old French demourer (verb), demeure (noun), based on Latin de- ‘away, completely’ + morari ‘delay’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: demur

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