Re·fuse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Refused p. pr. & vb. n. Refusing.]
1. To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant.
That never yet refused your hest. --Chaucer.
2. Mil. To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the center, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular aligment when troops ar░ about to engage the enemy; as, to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks.
3. To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor.
The cunning workman never doth refuse
The meanest tool that he may chance to use. --Herbert.
4. To disown. [Obs.] “Refuse thy name.”
Re·fuse, v. i. To deny compliance; not to comply.
Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse. --Garth.
If ye refuse . . . ye shall be devoured with the sword. --Isa. i. 20.
Re·fuse, n. Refusal. [Obs.]
Ref·use n. That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter.
Syn: -- Dregs; sediment; scum; recrement; dross.
Ref·use, a. Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless.
Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. --1. Sam. xv. 9.
n : food that is discarded (as from a kitchen) [syn: garbage,
food waste, scraps]
v 1: show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group
on a hike" [syn: decline] [ant: accept]
2: refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality" [syn:
reject, pass up, turn down, decline] [ant: accept]
3: elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies
explanation" [syn: defy, resist] [ant: lend oneself]
4: refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he
denies her her weekly allowance" [syn: deny] [ant: allow]
5: resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign
tissue or organ; "His body rejected the liver of the
donor" [syn: resist, reject]
6: refuse entrance or membership; "They turned away hundreds of
fans"; "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"
[syn: reject, turn down, turn away] [ant: admit]