American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow: She was refused admittance. He refused treatment.
- v. To indicate unwillingness (to do something): refused to leave.
- v. To decline to jump (an obstacle). Used of a horse.
- v. To decline to do, accept, give, or allow something.
- n. Items or material discarded or rejected as useless or worthless; trash or rubbish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deny, as a request, demand, or invitation; decline to do or grant: as, to refuse admittance; she refused herself to callers.
- To decline to accept; reject: as, to refuse an office; to refuse an offer.
- To disown; disavow; forsake.
- Milit., to hold (troops) back, or move (them) back from the regular alinement, when about to engage the enemy in battle. In the oblique order of battle, if either flank attack, the other flank is refused.
- Fail to receive; resist; repel.
- Synonyms and Decline, Refuse, Reject, Repel, and Rebuff are in the order of strength.
- To decline to accept or consent; fail to comply.
- n. A refusal.
- n. That which is refused or rejected; waste or useless matter; the worst or meanest part; rubbish.
- n. Synonyms Dregs, scum, dross, trash, rubbish.
- Refused; rejected; hence, worthless; of no value: as, the refuse parts of stone or timber.
- To fuse or melt again.
- In chess, same as decline, 10.
- adj. Discarded, rejected.
- n. Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.
- v. transitive To decline (a request or demand).
- v. intransitive To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant.
- v. (Mil.) 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.
- v. To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of.
- v. obsolete To disown.
- v. To deny compliance; not to comply.
- n. obsolete Refusal.
- n. That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter.
- adj. Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless.
- v. resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
- v. refuse to accept
- v. refuse entrance or membership
- v. refuse to let have
- v. elude, especially in a baffling way
- v. show unwillingness towards
- n. food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
- From Old French refuser, from Vulgar Latin *refusare, a blend of Classical Latin refutō and recusō. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English refusen, from Old French refuser, from Vulgar Latin *refūsāre, probably blend of Latin recūsāre, to refuse; see recuse and Latin refūtāre, refute; see refute.Middle English, from Old French refus, rejection, refuse, from refuser, to refuse; see refuse1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Did Mister Somin refuse to answer question #9, the racial profile question?”
“Yet politicians like Senator McCain refuse to open their minds to alternatives.”
“Is it that changes in refuse collection mean there are more bins outside houses to be scavenged.”
“If someone asks you to stop, puts their hand in front of the camera and looks clearly uncomfortable when you refuse is that not a blatant violation of their privacy?”
“Each swirling mass of refuse is massive and collects trash from all over the world.”
“If oil, paint or animal refuse is spilled, someone will sprinkle dirt over the slick, smelly or gummy spot.”
“Said to be twice the size of the State of Texas and comprised of about 3.5 million tons of plastic shopping bags and random pieces of trash, most of this lightweight and buoyant refuse is discarded onshore and carried out by wind and currents.”
“Apple -- which has mightily resisted tampering in any way with its 99 cent price point for tracks -- said that if the rate hike goes through and the labels refuse to absorb the entire resulting increase, the iTunes music store will become unprofitable.”
“Do wear old shoes as the cement floors can get wet and are covered in refuse after all the early morning action.”
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