refuse

  • 1 refuse — vb *decline, reject, repudiate, spurn Analogous words: *deny, gainsay: balk, baffle, *frustrate, thwart, foil: debar, *exclude, shut out refuse n Refuse, waste, rubbish, trash, debris, garbage, offal can all mean matter that is regarded as… …

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  • 2 Refuse — Re*fuse (r?*f?z ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Refused} ( f?zd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Refusing}.] [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.… …

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  • 3 refuse — UK US /rɪˈfjuːz/ verb [I or T] ► to say that you will not do or accept something: refuse an offer/request/invitation »The government proposes to cut unemployment benefits to those who refuse job offers. refuse sb sth »The company was forced to… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 4 refuse — Ⅰ. refuse [1] ► VERB 1) state that one is unwilling to do something. 2) state that one is unwilling to grant or accept (something offered or requested). 3) (of a horse) decline to jump (a fence or other obstacle). DERIVATIVES refusal noun refuser …

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  • 5 Refuse — Re*fuse , v. i. To deny compliance; not to comply. [1913 Webster] Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse. Garth. [1913 Webster] If ye refuse . . . ye shall be devoured with the sword. Isa. i. 20. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 refuse — [n] garbage debris, dregs, dross, dump, dust, hogwash*, junk, leavings, litter, muck, offal, rejectamenta*, remains, residue, rubbish, scraps, scum*, sediment, slop*, sweepings, swill, trash, waste, waste matter; concept 260 Ant. assets,… …

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  • 7 Refuse — Ref use (r?f ?s;277), n. [F. refus refusal, also, that which is refused. See {Refuse} to deny.] That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter. [1913 Webster] Syn: Dregs; sediment; scum; recrement; dross. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 8 Refuse — Ref use, a. Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless. [1913 Webster] Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. 1. Sam. xv. 9. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 9 refuse — I verb abjure, abnegate, abstain, balk, bar, be obstinate, be unwilling, beg to be excused, cast aside, debar, decline, demur, deny, disaccord with, disallow, disapprove, disavow, disclaim, discountenance, discredit, dismiss, disown, dispense… …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 refusé — ● refusé, refusée nom Candidat non admis à un examen. ● refusé, refusée (synonymes) nom Candidat non admis à un examen. Synonymes : ajourné collé (familier) recalé (familier) Contraires …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 11 refuse — refuse1 [ri fyo͞oz′] vt. refused, refusing [ME refusen < OFr refuser < LL * refusare < L refusus, pp. of refundere: see REFUND1] 1. to decline to accept; reject 2. a) to decline to do, give, or grant …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 Refuse — Re*fuse , n. Refusal. [Obs.] Fairfax. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 13 refusé — refusé, ée (re fu zé, zée) part. passé de refuser. 1°   Qui n a pas été accepté. Des présents refusés. 2°   Qui a reçu un refus, en parlant des personnes. •   D autant plus que vous même, ardente à me l offrir [le trône], Vous ne craigniez rien… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 14 refuse — The noun, meaning ‘waste material’, is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, whereas the verb, meaning ‘to withhold consent for’, is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 refusé — Refusé, [refus]ée, part …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 16 refuse — 1 /rI fju:z/ verb 1 (I) to say or show that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do: I m sure if you ask her to help you, she won t refuse. | refuse to do sth: I refuse to take part in anything that s illegal. | flatly… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 refuse — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ domestic, household (both esp. BrE) ▪ human … OF REFUSE ▪ heap, pile VERB + REFUSE …

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  • 18 refuse — re|fuse1 W1S2 [rıˈfju:z] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: refuser, from Latin refundere to pour back ] 1.) to say firmly that you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ▪ She asked him to leave, but he refused. refuse to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 refuse — I UK [rɪˈfjuːz] / US [rɪˈfjuz] verb Word forms refuse : present tense I/you/we/they refuse he/she/it refuses present participle refusing past tense refused past participle refused *** 1) [intransitive/transitive] to say you will not do something… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 refuse — ref|use1 [ rı fjuz ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do: Mom asked him to apologize, but he refused. refuse to do something: How could he refuse to help his own son? flatly… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English