- Refuse means trash.
An example of refuse is old furniture and papers left in a pile on the side of the road.
- Refuse is defined as to reject or to decide to not do something.
- An example of to refuse is to say no to attending a party.
- An example of to refuse is to never give up personal beliefs.
- to decline to accept; reject
- to decline to do, give, or grant
- to decline: with an infinitive object: to refuse to go
- to decline to accept or submit to (a command, etc.); decline to undergo
- to decline to grant the request of (a person)
- to stop short at (a fence, etc.), without jumping it: said of a horse
- Obsolete to renounce
Origin: Middle English refusen from Old French refuser from Late Latin an unverified form refusare from Classical Latin refusus, past participle of refundere: see refund
- refuser noun
Origin: Middle English from Old French refus, past participle of refuser: see refuse
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verb re·fused, re·fus·ing, re·fus·es verb, transitive
- a. To indicate unwillingness to do, accept, give, or allow: She was refused admittance. He refused treatment.b. To indicate unwillingness (to do something): refused to leave.
- To decline to jump (an obstacle). Used of a horse.
Origin: Middle English refusen, from Old French refuser, from Vulgar Latin *refūsāre, probably blend of Latin recūsāre, to refuse; see recuse and Latin refūtāre, refute; see refute.
- re·fusˈer noun
Origin: Middle English, from Old French refus, rejection, refuse, from refuser, to refuse; see refuse1.