Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

refute

 - definition
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] formal refute pronunciation in British English /rɪˈfjuːt/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyrefute
he/she/itrefutes
present participlerefuting
past tenserefuted
past participlerefuted
  1. 1
    to say that a statement is not true or accurate without giving proof

    The police said he was drunk, a claim refuted by his attorney.

  2. 2
    to prove that a statement is false

    The evidence refutes all claims that the student loan scheme is not working.

derived words

refutable

adjective

refutation

 refute pronunciation in British English /ˌrefjʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n/  noun [countable/uncountable]
Word Forms
Close
singularrefutation
pluralrefutations

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog