Henry refused to leave his grandfather's bedside even though other family members urged him to get rest.
- 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.
transitive verb-·fused′, -·fus′ing
- 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
- Obs. to renounce
Origin of refuseMiddle English refusen from Old French refuser from Late Latin an unverified form refusare from Classical Latin refusus, past participle of refundere: see refund
Origin of refuseMiddle English from Old French refus, past participle of refuser: see refuse
verbre·fused, re·fus·ing, re·fus·es
- 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 of refuseMiddle 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 .
Origin of refuseMiddle English from Old French refus rejection, refuse from refuser to refuse ; see refuse 1.
Apparently from Old French refuse (French refusÃ©), past participle of refuser (“to refuse"), as Etymology 2, below.
(third-person singular simple present refuses, present participle refusing, simple past and past participle refused)
- To decline (a request or demand).
- My request for a pay rise was refused.
- I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more.
- (intransitive) To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.
- I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused.
- (military) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the centre, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular alignment when troops are about to engage the enemy.
- to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- (obsolete) refusal