Definition of


  1. (noun, substance) food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
  2. (verb, communication) show unwillingness towards
  3. (verb, possession) refuse to let have
    he denies her her weekly allowance
  4. (verb, possession) refuse to accept
  5. (verb, social) refuse entrance or membership
    Black people were often rejected by country clubs
  6. (verb, stative) elude, especially in a baffling way
  7. (verb, stative) resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

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Antonyms of Refuse


Origin of the word Refuse

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. refuser (12c.), from V.L. *refusare, frequentative of pp. stem of L. refundere "pour back, give back" (see refund). Refusal first recorded 1474. Refusenik "Soviet Jew who has been refused permission to emigrate to Israel" (1975) is a partial transl. of Rus. otkaznik, from otkazat "to refuse." more
  2. late 14c. (adj.), "outcast;" meaning "waste, trash" is from c.1440; from O.Fr. refus "waste product, rubbish," a back-formation from the pp. of refuser (see refuse (v.)). more

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