Definition of "refuse" []

  • To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow: She was refused admittance. He refused treatment. (verb-transitive)
  • To indicate unwillingness (to do something): refused to leave. (verb-transitive)
  • To decline to jump (an obstacle). Used of a horse. (verb-transitive)
  • To decline to do, accept, give, or allow something. (verb-intransitive)
  • Items or material discarded or rejected as useless or worthless; trash or rubbish. (noun)
  • To decline to accept (something offered) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To decline to give or grant (something) to (a person, organization, etc) (verb)
  • To express determination not (to do something); decline (verb)
  • (of a horse) to be unwilling to take (a jump), as by swerving or stopping (verb)
  • (of a woman) to declare one's unwillingness to accept (a suitor) as a husband (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "refuse" in a sentence
  • "SB 387 redefines loose material! in Transportation Code Chapter 725 by adding the term refuse which is defined as trash! tmj_orl_transp Hiring: director, transportation - CHEP (Orlando,"
  • "Did Mister Somin refuse to answer question #9, the racial profile question?"
  • "Yet politicians like Senator McCain refuse to open their minds to alternatives."