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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb refuse:

defydeclineresistrejectdenyrefuse

Comparison of usage frequency between the verb refuse and its most common antonym:

acceptrefuse

The word refuse is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun refuse

What does refuse mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: refuses

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

Alternative definition of the noun refuse

noun

  1. Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.

Definition of the adjective refuse

What does refuse mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more refuse / refuser |

  1. Discarded, rejected.

Definition of the verb refuse

What does refuse mean as a doing word?

Refuse is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: refused | refusing | refuses

  1. show unwillingness towards
  2. refuse to accept
  3. elude, especially in a baffling way
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of refuse: defy / resist
    • more generic words: elude / escape = be incomprehensible to
    • more specific word: beggar = be beyond the resources of
  4. refuse to let have
    • example: They refuse them the money
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of refuse: deny
    • more generic terms: hold on / keep = retain possession of
    • more specific terms: keep back / withhold = hold back
  5. resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of refuse: reject / resist
    • more generic words: react / respond = show a response or a reaction to something
  6. refuse entrance or membership

Alternative definition of the verb refuse

verb

  1. [transitive] To decline (a request or demand).
  2. [intransitive] To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.

Music

"Refuse" is a musical EP of Mongrel.

  • released in (9 years ago)

Writings

"ReFUSE" is a book by Tertia Longmire.

  • also known as "ReFUSE: a catalogue of found objects, Buckfastleigh Quarry, South Devon"

Phrases with Refuse

  1. refuse heap
  2. refuse collector
  3. An Offer One Can't Refuse

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Refuse

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Google previewThe Surveyor & Municipal & County Engineer (1908)

Crude refuse is a fuel, which may be utilised in the production of heat. When, therefore, hygienic and commercial considerations go hand-in-hand, there seem grounds for venturing the suggestion that a satisfactory and profitable solution of ...

Google previewSurveyor (1908)

Crude refuse is a fuel, which may be utilised in the production of heat. When, therefore, hygienic and commercial considerations go hand-in-hand, there seem grounds for venturing the suggestion that a satisfactory and profitable solution of ...

Google previewDante and the Sense of Transgression (2012)

'The Trespass of the Sign' by William Franke

1Near the heartof whatBlanchot wishes to refuse is an otherworldly orientation that ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Environmental Pollution, Agriculture and Health Hazards: Population development, environment and health (2004)

by A. K. Shrivastava

compostable refuse has been recorded for Bombay, but 0.2-0.35 kg/ person. day is more common in small towns and...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Building Services (2013)

by David Kut

The refuse can be converted into convenient liquid or gaseous forms to provide a liquid or gaseous fuel which can be either stored or used immediately in an associated process, such as power generation or heat recovery. It thus offers the ...

Google previewThe encyclopaedia of municipal and sanitary engineering (1910)

a handy working guide in all matters connected with municipal and sanitary engineering and administration by William Henry Maxwell, John Thomas Brown

The principal points to be kept in view in organising a proper system of house refuse collection are as follows : — 1. The collections must be frequent so as to admit only of small accumulations, thus producing the maximum of benefit to the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1908)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

Where such articles were removed, and were afterwards abstracted by the servants of a metropoli tan vestry, it was held that the contractor for the removal of the house refuse was not entitled to compensation in respect of them (Collins v.

Google previewEnvironmental Engineering Dictionary (2005)

by C. C. Lee

Refuse burner: A device for either central or on-site volume reduction of solid waste by burning. It is of simple construction and all the factors of combustion can not be controlled (cf. municipal waste incinerator or see burner for more related ...

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Quotes about Refuse

The epic poet collaborates with the spirit of his time in the composition of his work. That is, if he is successful; the time may refuse to work with him, but he may not refuse to work with his time. (Lascelles Abercrombie)
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Scrabble value of R1E1F4U1S1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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