Definitions for refuseˈrɛf yus
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(v.t.)to decline to accept (something offered).
to decline to give; deny (a request, demand, etc.).
to express a determination not to (do something):
to refuse to discuss an issue.
to decline to submit to.
to decline to accept (a suitor) in marriage.
(of a horse) to decline to leap over (a barrier).
Obs. to renounce.
(v.i.)to decline acceptance, consent, or compliance.
* Syn: refuse , reject , spurn , decline imply nonacceptance of something. refuse is direct and emphatic in expressing a determination not to accept what is offered or proposed: to refuse an offer of help. reject is even more forceful and definite: to reject an author's manuscript. To spurn is to reject with scorn: to spurn a bribe. decline is a milder and more courteous term: to decline an invitation.
Origin of refuse:
1300–50; ME < MF refuser, OF < VL *refūsāre, perh. b. L recūsāre to demur (see recusant ) and refūtāre to refute
something that is discarded as worthless or useless; rubbish; trash; garbage.
(adj.)rejected as worthless; discarded.
Origin of refuse:
1325–75; ME < MF; OF refus denial, rejection
garbage, refuse, food waste, scraps(verb)
food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
show unwillingness towards
"he declined to join the group on a hike"
refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline(verb)
refuse to accept
"He refused my offer of hospitality"
defy, resist, refuse(verb)
elude, especially in a baffling way
"This behavior defies explanation"
refuse to let have
"She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"
resist, reject, refuse(verb)
resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
"His body rejected the liver of the donor"
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to say you will not do or accept sth
If they ask me to pay any more, I'll refuse.; Why did they refuse her offer of help?; She refused to sign the documents.
to deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant
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
to decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor
to deny compliance; not to comply
that which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter
refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'refuse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4220
Rank popularity for the word 'refuse' in Verbs Frequency: #218
Translations for refuse
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
not to do what one has been asked, told or is expected to do
He refused to help me; She refused to believe what I said; When I asked him to leave, he refused.
- recusarPortuguese (BR)
- sich weigernGerman
- negarse (a)Spanish
- امتناع کردنFarsi
- refuser deFrench
- अस्वीकार करनाHindi
- odbiti, reći neCroatian
- tak mauIndonesian
- (요구 등을) 거부하다Korean
- atsisakyti, nesutiktiLithuanian
- nekte, avviseNorwegian
- امتناع کردنPersian
- ردول، نه منل، انكاركولPashto
- a refuza (să)Romanian
- 拒絕Chinese (Trad.)
- انکار کرناUrdu
- từ chốiVietnamese
- 拒绝Chinese (Simp.)
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