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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
refuse (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to express oneself as unwilling to accept - refuse a gift refuse a promotion
2.
a) to show or express unwillingness to do or comply with - refused to answer the question
b) - deny they were refused admittance to the game
3.
obsolete - give up renounce deny thy father and refuse thy name Shakespeare
4.
intransitive verb
of a horse to decline to jump or leap over to withhold acceptance, compliance, or permission decline
refuse (noun)
1.
the worthless or useless part of something - leavings
2.
- trash garbage
refuse (adjective)
thrown aside or left as worthless
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
refuse (noun)
discarded or useless material
SYNONIMS:
chaff, deadwood, debris, dreck ( drek), dross, dust, effluvium ( effluvia), junk, litter, offal, offscouring, raffle, refuse, riffraff, rubbish, scrap, spilth, trash, truck, waste
RELATED WORDS:
crud, sewage, slop, swill, wash; detritus, remains, rubble, ruins; dump, scrap heap; lumber, odds and ends, trumpery; flotsam, jetsam, wreckage; castoff, cull, discard, hand-me-down, reject, throwaway; nothing, straw, two bits
NEAR ANTONYMS:
catch, gem, goody ( goodie), jewel, pearl, plum, prize, treasure, treasure trove, trove, valuable; booty, find, salvage
refuse (verb)
1.
to be unwilling to grant
SYNONIMS:
decline, disallow, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, withhold
RELATED WORDS:
ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto; rebuff, repel, spurn; check, constrain, curb, hold, keep, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstruct
NEAR ANTONYMS:
afford, furnish, give, provide, supply; authorize, commission, license ( licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), warrant; accord, sanction, vouchsafe
allow, concede, grant, let, OK ( okay), permit
refuse (verb)
2.
to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to
SYNONIMS:
balk (at), deselect, disapprove, negative, nix, pass, pass up, refuse, reject, reprobate, repudiate, spurn, throw out, throw over, turn down
RELATED WORDS:
blow off, disdain, rebuff, scorn, scout, shoot down; overrule, veto; forbid, prohibit, proscribe; dismiss, ignore; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); deny, disavow, disclaim, dispute, gainsay; stick; abjure, forswear ( foreswear), recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; avoid, bypass, detour; contradict, deny, disown, negate; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, renege, revoke
NEAR ANTONYMS:
condone, countenance, swallow, tolerate; adopt, embrace, receive, take, welcome; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; choose, handpick, select; espouse, support
accept, agree (to), approve
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