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Definition of REFUSE

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Refuse \Re*fuse"\, v. i.
     To deny compliance; not to comply.
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           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]

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

Refuse \Re*fuse"\, n.
     Refusal. [Obs.] --Fairfax.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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

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. 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. [1913 Webster]

              That never yet refused your hest.     --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     3. To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor. [1913 Webster]

              The cunning workman never doth refuse The meanest tool that he may chance to use.
                                                    --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

     4. To disown. [Obs.] "Refuse thy name." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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

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

228 Moby Thesaurus words for "refuse":
     abjure, afterglow, afterimage, balance, ban, bar, be unmoved, be unwilling, beat back, beg off, bilge, bilgewater, bones, brush aside, brush off, butt, butt end, candle ends, carrion, castaway, castoff, chaff, chase, chase away, chase off, chuck, chuck out, collateral, contemn, contradict, culm, cut, deadwood, debar, debris, decline, decline to accept, deep six, deny, deprive of, derelict, despise, detritus, dirt, disagree, disallow, disapprove, discard, discarding, disclaim, discount, disdain, dishwater, dismiss, disown, disposal, disregard, dissent, ditchwater, dogie, draff, dregs, drive away, drive back, dross, dump, dumping, dust, dustheap, elimination, embargo, end, enjoin, except, exclude, exclude from, fag end, fend off, filings, flotsam, flotsam and jetsam, forbid, forswear, fossil, foundling, garbage, gash, hogwash, hold off, hold out against, holdover, husks, ignore, inhibit, interdict, jetsam, jettison, junk, junking, keep back, keep off, kelter, lagan, leavings, lees, leftovers, litter, lumber, muck, negate, negative, not allow, not buy, not consent, not hear of, not think of, odds and ends, offal, offscourings, orphan, orts, outlaw, pack off, parings, pass by, pass up, pelf, potsherds, preclude, prevent, prohibit, proscribe, push aside, push back, put back, rags, raspings, rebuff, recant, refuse consent, refuse to consider, reject, rejectamenta, rejection, relics, remainder, remains, remnant, removal, renounce, repel, repress, reprobate, repudiate, repulse, residue, residuum, resist entreaty, resist persuasion, rest, riffraff, roach, rubbish, ruins, rule out, rump, sawdust, say nay, say no, say no to, scourings, scout, scrap iron, scrapping, scraps, scum, scurf, send away, send off, send packing, sewage, sewerage, shadow, shards, shavings, shove away, shut out, slack, slag, slop, slops, slough, snub, spurn, stand aloof, straw, stubble, stump, suppress, survival, sweepings, swill, taboo, tares, throw away, throw out, throwaway, thrust back, trace, trash, turn away, turn back, turn down, turn out, vestige, vote nay, vote negatively, waif, waifs and strays, waive, ward off, wastage, waste, waste matter, wastepaper, wastrel, weeds, withhold

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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