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Verb: refuse  ref-yoos
  1. Show unwillingness towards
    "he refused to join the group on a hike";
    - decline
     
  2. Not accept
    "He refused my offer of hospitality";
    - reject, pass up, turn down, decline
     
  3. Elude, especially in a baffling way
    "This behaviour refuses explanation";
    - defy, resist
     
  4. Not allow (someone) to have
    "She refuses me every pleasure";
    - deny
     
  5. Resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
    "His body refused the liver of the donor";
    - resist, reject
     
  6. Deny entrance or membership
    "Black people were often refused by country clubs";
    - reject, turn down, turn away
Noun: refuse  ref-yoos
  1. Food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
    - garbage, food waste, scraps

Derived forms: refused, refusing, refuses

Type of: elude, escape, hold on, keep, react, reply, respond, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product

Antonym: accept

Encyclopedia: Refuse