What does refuse mean?

Definitions for refuse
ˈrɛf yusrefuse

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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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  3. Refuse(verb)

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

    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.]

  4. Refuse(verb)

    to disown

    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.]

  5. Refuse(verb)

    to deny compliance; not to comply

    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.]

  6. Refuse(noun)

    refusal

    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.]

  7. Refuse(noun)

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

    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.]

  8. Refuse(adj)

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

    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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  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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How to say refuse in sign language?

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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. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The system wants you to be either a bow or an arrow; refuse both, because there is a third choice: To be an archer!

  2. Elisa Neira:

    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Please be informed that I am choosing to exercise my right to remain silent and the right to refuse to answer your questions. If I am detained, I request to contact an attorney immediately. I am also exercising my right to refuse to sign anything until I consult with my attorney. we want our residents to be educated, to have access to competent immigration attorneys and nonprofit agencies, to have their documents and records in a safe place and not to fear seeking assistance from local police, schools and other agencies, when needed.

  3. Brad PittBut Pitt:

    I just refuse, and fortunately my partner in this agrees. It's just very, very jarring for the kids, to suddenly have their family ripped apart.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    You should learn from history, your own mistakes and someone else's mistakes or other people's mistakes. For, if you refuse to do just that, then you are bound to repeat them (the mistakes) over and over again. And in case you don't know, it is foolishness to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

  5. W. Somerset Maugham:

    It's a funny thing about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

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