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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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 arabout 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.”