[ US /ˈɹɛfˌjuz, ɹəfˈjuz, ɹɪfˈjuz/ ]
  1. refuse to let have
    he denies her her weekly allowance
    She denies me every pleasure
  2. elude, especially in a baffling way
    This behavior defies explanation
  3. resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
    His body rejected the liver of the donor
  4. refuse entrance or membership
    Black people were often rejected by country clubs
    They turned away hundreds of fans
  5. refuse to accept
    He refused my offer of hospitality
  6. show unwillingness towards
    he declined to join the group on a hike
  1. food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
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How To Use refuse In A Sentence

  • This young man refuses to work and is freeloading
  • If the mother is allowed to refuse a kidney donation that would keep her child alive once the child is born, why should she be preluded from having an abortion if she wants one in order to save one of her kidneys? The Volokh Conspiracy » “Should a Parent Be Required To Donate a Kidney to a Child Who Needs a Life-Saving Transplant?”
  • He tried to refuse but she insisted so much that he gave in. Times, Sunday Times
  • And on the need for contempt powers, he recounted how officials at times refused to obey the orders.
  • She had refused all solid food.
  • Dunstan: Dunstan: “What happens if the program administrator refuses to certify that the defendant “completed” the program on the grounds that the defendant refused to agree with certain teachings?” The Volokh Conspiracy » Stringent Constitutional Limits on Anger Management Classes, Anti-Drug/Alcohol-Abuse Classes, or Even Traffic School as Alternatives to Prosecution?
  • The company refused to honour the verbal agreement and put him on a more expensive tariff. Times, Sunday Times
  • More specifically, a recusant was someone who refused to attend Protestant church services.
  • Some newspapers still refuse to print certain swear words.
  • And in a sideswipe at some of his peers, many of whom he feels are languishing in the comfort zone, he refused to pull his punches.
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