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

     

    refute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfjuːt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they refute
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfjuːt//
     
    he / she / it refutes
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfjuːts//
     
    past simple refuted
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfjuːtɪd//
     
    past participle refuted
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfjuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form refuting
    BrE BrE//rɪˈfjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈfjuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1refute something to prove that something is wrong synonym rebut to refute an argument/a theory, etc.
  2. 2refute something to say that something is not true or fair synonym deny She refutes any suggestion that she behaved unprofessionally.
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. : from Latin refutare ‘repel, rebut’.Extra examples She tried to think how to refute the argument on moral grounds. This study cannot provide data to confirm or refute this hypothesis. We may find that further research refutes the findings of the first survey.
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