Definitions for refuseˈrɛf yus

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.]

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


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