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Meaning & Definition of Refuse in English

English

Refuse

/rəfjuz/

noun

1. Food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

    synonym:
  • garbage
  • ,
  • refuse
  • ,
  • food waste
  • ,
  • scraps

verb

1. Show unwillingness towards

  • "He declined to join the group on a hike"
    synonym:
  • refuse
  • ,
  • decline

2. Refuse to accept

  • "He refused my offer of hospitality"
    synonym:
  • refuse
  • ,
  • reject
  • ,
  • pass up
  • ,
  • turn down
  • ,
  • decline

3. Elude, especially in a baffling way

  • "This behavior defies explanation"
    synonym:
  • defy
  • ,
  • resist
  • ,
  • refuse

4. Refuse to let have

  • "She denies me every pleasure"
  • "He denies her her weekly allowance"
    synonym:
  • deny
  • ,
  • refuse

5. Resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

  • "His body rejected the liver of the donor"
    synonym:
  • resist
  • ,
  • reject
  • ,
  • refuse

6. Refuse entrance or membership

  • "They turned away hundreds of fans"
  • "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"
    synonym:
  • reject
  • ,
  • turn down
  • ,
  • turn away
  • ,
  • refuse

Examples of using

I'll make you an offer you can't refuse.
She made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
I'm going to make you an offer that you can't refuse.