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

 

spurn

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//spɜːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spurn
BrE BrE//spɜːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrn//
 
he / she / it spurns
BrE BrE//spɜːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrnz//
 
past simple spurned
BrE BrE//spɜːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrnd//
 
past participle spurned
BrE BrE//spɜːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//spɜːrnd//
 
-ing form spurning
BrE BrE//ˈspɜːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspɜːrnɪŋ//
 
Proud
 
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spurn somebody/something to reject or refuse somebody/something, especially in a proud way synonym shun Eve spurned Mark's invitation. a spurned lover The president spurned the tight security surrounding him and adopted a more intimate style of campaigning. See related entries: Proud Word Origin Old English spurnan, spornan; related to Latin spernere ‘to scorn’; compare with spur.Extra examples He had been spurned by all the major record companies. She spurned his overtures of love. The glossy conventions of Hollywood were spurned in favour of a rough-hewn cinematic style. The president spurned the tight security and adopted a more intimate style of campaigning.
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