What does refuse mean?

Definitions for refuse
ˈrɛf yusrefuse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word refuse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. garbage, refuse, food waste, scrapsverb

    food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

  2. refuse, declineverb

    show unwillingness towards

    "he declined to join the group on a hike"

  3. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, declineverb

    refuse to accept

    "He refused my offer of hospitality"

  4. defy, resist, refuseverb

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

  5. deny, refuseverb

    refuse to let have

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

  6. resist, reject, refuseverb

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

  7. reject, turn down, turn away, refuseverb

    refuse entrance or membership

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Refuseverb

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

  2. Refuseverb

    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. Refuseverb

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

  4. Refuseverb

    to disown

  5. Refuseverb

    to deny compliance; not to comply

  6. Refusenoun

    refusal

  7. Refusenoun

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

  8. Refuseadjective

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

  9. Etymology: [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.

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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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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

Examples of refuse in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at Earlier Monday is furloughed -- so The President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone's favorite fast foods.

  2. Lois McMaster Bujold, Shards of Honor:

    ...tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.

  3. Jillian York:

    There are two main risks : The first is to Twitter's employees in India, who may be at risk if the company fails to comply with demands, the second risk is that Twitter continues to refuse and gets blocked in India. While this may be the right moral outcome, it's obviously not the best outcome for the Indian people, many of whom rely on social media to get out key messages about what's happening on the ground.

  4. Dorothy Kwan:

    I just wish I knew who to call. Even when a coyote does something aggressive like this, they still refuse to do something, i’m not suggesting we get rid of all coyotes, but this one is out and about in broad daylight and it’s not scared of humans.

  5. Plato, The Republic:

    The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government is to live under the government of worse men.

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