There are 2 definitions of refuse in English:

refuse1

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈfjuːz
 
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verb

[no object, with infinitive]
1Indicate or show that one is not willing to do something: I refused to answer [no object]: he was severely beaten when he refused
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  • Both are intense competitors who refuse to concede defeat.
  • McCarthy yesterday refused to indicate who will figure in his team selection even though he confirmed he had settled on a team in his own mind.
  • Aides to the reclusive cleric, however, have indicated that he will refuse to back a specific party in the December vote.
1.1 [with object] Indicate that one is not willing to accept or grant (something offered or requested): she refused a cigarette [with two objects]: the old lady was refused admission to four hospitals
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  • On 18 February 2000 the Tribunal refused the applicant's request for a visa.
  • The Heritage Lottery viewed the park at the council's request but refused a grant as it considered there were sufficient existing facilities.
  • The SPCA, he notes, refuses any request to adopt an animal intended for the purposes of attack or defence.
Synonyms
decline, turn down, say no to; reject, spurn, scorn, rebuff, disdain, repudiate, dismiss, repulse; shake one's head, send one's regrets; baulk at, demur at, protest at, jib at, draw the line at
informal pass up
British informal knock back
withhold, not grant, disapprove, deny, discountenance
informal give the thumbs down to
1.2 informal (Of a thing) fail to perform a required action: the car refused to start
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  • After all, you wouldn't expect to buy a new car, pay extra for reinforced bumpers, and then find your petrol tank supplying other cars with fuel, or your engine refusing to work.
  • Occasionally a car stuck in the middle of a traffic channel refuses to budge when the light changes.
  • The dialogueless scenario refuses to jell, and is performed by Bebe Neuwirth somewhat unconvincingly, except when she slinkily dances.
1.3 [with object] dated Decline to accept an offer of marriage from (someone): he’s so conceited he’d never believe anyone would refuse him
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  • She didn't tell anyone and still refused Jim, telling him that she still needed time.
  • He twice proposed marriage to Maud Gonne, and when she refused him he transferred his affections to her teenage daughter.
1.4 [with object] (Of a horse) stop short or run aside at (a fence or other obstacle) instead of jumping it: her horse refused a high hedge [no object]: again the horse refused, his nostrils flaring with fear
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  • Reeve, a keen sportsman, said his mind wandered and his horse refused a simple fence.
  • Twenty points are awarded if the horse refuses to jump an obstacle, a second refusal at the same fence costs 40 points and a third means elimination.
  • The trial judge said that refusing the fence was inconceivable and Justice Meagher said that that finding was truly extraordinary.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French refuser, probably an alteration of Latin recusare 'to refuse', influenced by refutare 'refute'.

Derivatives

refuser

noun
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  • She doesn't want to marry him either, so she has him play the role of the refuser.
  • All who are refused entry can attempt to take civil action against the refuser; in reality none do.
  • This means reverting to studies using treatment refusers or comparing pharmacological treatments and nonpharmacological treatments as a way of dealing with this dilemma.

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There are 2 definitions of refuse in English:

refuse2

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛfjuːs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Matter thrown away or rejected as worthless; rubbish: heaps of refuse [as modifier]: refuse collection
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  • I would ask the council to immediately reinstate weekly refuse collections of non-recyclable rubbish and to provide recycling boxes that are designed to avoid the present problems.
  • The bill does not include the cost of domestic and business refuse collections.
  • The skip containers will be used mainly for garden refuse and rubbish which does not generally fit in the normal green drums.
Synonyms
rubbish, waste, debris, litter, garbage, discarded matter, detritus, dross, landfill, scrap, rubble, slag, spoilage, sullage, sewage, slop; dregs, lees, leavings, leftovers, sweepings; North Americantrash; Australian/New Zealandmullock
informal dreck, junk
British informal gash
Archaeologydebitage
rare draff, raffle, raff

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps from Old French refusé 'refused', past participle of refuser (see refuse1).

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