Definition of refute
- refuted the allegations
The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.
He refutes the notion that he's planning to retire soon.
She refuted the allegations against her.
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First Known Use: 1545See Words from the same year
give the lie to;
: to prove that (something) is not true
: to say that (something) is not true
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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