Definitions for refuseˈrɛf yus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. garbage, refuse, food waste, scraps(verb)

    food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

  2. refuse, decline(verb)

    show unwillingness towards

    "he declined to join the group on a hike"

  3. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline(verb)

    refuse to accept

    "He refused my offer of hospitality"

  4. defy, resist, refuse(verb)

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

  5. deny, refuse(verb)

    refuse to let have

    "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"

  6. resist, reject, refuse(verb)

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

  7. reject, turn down, turn away, refuse(verb)

    refuse entrance or membership

    "They turned away hundreds of fans"; "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refuse(verb)

    to deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant

  2. Refuse(verb)

    to throw back, or cause to keep back (as the center, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular aligment when troops ar/ about to engage the enemy; as, to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks

  3. Refuse(verb)

    to decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor

  4. Refuse(verb)

    to disown

  5. Refuse(verb)

    to deny compliance; not to comply

  6. Refuse(noun)

    refusal

  7. Refuse(noun)

    that which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter

  8. Refuse(adj)

    refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless

  9. Origin: [F. refuser, either from (assumed) LL. refusare to refuse, v. freq. of L. refundere to pour back, give back, restore (see Refund to repay), or. fr. L. recusare to decline, refuse cf. Accuse, Ruse), influenced by L. refutare to drive back, repel, refute. Cf. Refute.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Refuse

    rē-fūz′, v.t. to reject: to deny, as a request, &c.: to disown: to fail to receive, to repel: (mil.) to hold troops back from the regular alignment.—v.i. to decline acceptance: not to comply.—adj. Refū′sable, capable of being refused.—ns. Refū′sal, denial of anything requested: rejection: the right of taking in preference to others; Rēfū′ser. [Fr. refuser, prob. due to confusion of L. refutāre, to drive back, recusāre, to make an objection against.]

  2. Refuse

    ref′ūs, adj. refused: worthless.—n. that which is rejected or left as worthless: dross.

  3. Refuse

    rē-fūz′, v.t. to melt again.—n. Rēfū′sion, repeated fusion or melting, as of metals: restoration.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'refuse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4220

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'refuse' in Verbs Frequency: #218

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of refuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of refuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jim Craig:

    They refuse to do that.

  2. Del Greco:

    It is difficult to refuse them.

  3. Tamas Varga:

    Global oil stocks refuse to come lower.

  4. Mario Puzo:

    I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.

  5. F. Hansen:

    War will cease when men refuse to fight.

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