Refuse Definition

rĭ-fyo͝oz
refused, refuses, refusing
verb
refused, refuses, refusing
To decline to accept; reject.
Webster's New World
To decline to do, give, or grant.
Webster's New World
To indicate unwillingness (to do something).
Refused to leave.
American Heritage
To decline to accept, agree to, or do something.
Webster's New World
To decline to jump (an obstacle). Used of a horse.
American Heritage
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noun
refuses
Anything thrown away or rejected as worthless or useless; waste; trash; rubbish.
Webster's New World
Refuse means trash.
An example of refuse is old furniture and papers left in a pile on the side of the road.
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(obsolete) Refusal.

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Antonyms:
possessionsassetsproperty
adjective
Thrown away or rejected as worthless or useless.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Refuse

  • Middle English refusen from Old French refuser from Vulgar Latin refūsāre probably blend of Latin recūsāre to refuse recuse and Latin refūtāre refute refute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French refus rejection, refuse from refuser to refuse refuse1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Apparently from Old French refuse (French refusé), past participle of refuser (“to refuse"), as Etymology 2, below.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French refuser, from Vulgar Latin *refusare, a blend of Classical Latin refutō and recusō.

    From Wiktionary

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