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refuse

6 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Refuse \Re*fuse"\, verb (used without an object) To deny compliance; not to comply.

Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse. --Garth.

If ye refuse . . . ye shall be devoured with the sword. --Isa. i. 20.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Refuse \Re*fuse"\, noun Refusal. [Obs.] --Fairfax.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Refuse \Ref'use\ (r?f"?s;277), noun [F. refus refusal, also, that which is refused. See {Refuse} to deny.] That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter.

Syn: Dregs; sediment; scum; recrement; dross.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Refuse \Re*fuse"\ (r?*f?z"), verb (used with an object) [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. recusare to decline, refuse cf. {Accuse}, {Ruse}), influenced by L. refutare to drive back, repel, refute. Cf. {Refute}.]

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

That never yet refused your hest. --Chaucer.

2. (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; as, to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks.

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

The cunning workman never doth refuse The meanest tool that he may chance to use. --Herbert.

4. To disown. [Obs.] "Refuse thy name." --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Refuse \Ref"use\, adjective Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless.

Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. --1. Sam. xv. 9.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

refuse

noun

1: food that is discarded (as from a kitchen) [syn: {garbage}, {refuse}, {food waste}, {scraps}]

verb

1: show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike" [syn: {refuse}, {decline}] [ant: {accept}, {consent}, {go for}]

2: refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality" [syn: {refuse}, {reject}, {pass up}, {turn down}, {decline}] [ant: {accept}, {have}, {take}]

3: elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation" [syn: {defy}, {resist}, {refuse}] [ant: {apply}, {lend oneself}]

4: refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance" [syn: {deny}, {refuse}] [ant: {allow}, {grant}]

5: resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ; "His body rejected the liver of the donor" [syn: {resist}, {reject}, {refuse}]

6: refuse entrance or membership; "They turned away hundreds of fans"; "Black people were often rejected by country clubs" [syn: {reject}, {turn down}, {turn away}, {refuse}] [ant: {admit}, {allow in}, {intromit}, {let in}]

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