- 1Indicate or show that one is not willing to do something: I refused to answer he was severely beaten when he refusedMore example sentences
- 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 hospitalsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 • informal (Of a thing) fail to perform a required action: the car refused to startMore example sentences
- 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] Decline to accept an offer of marriage from (someone): he’s so conceited he’d never believe anyone would refuse himMore example sentences
- 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 alongside (a fence or other obstacle) instead of jumping it.More example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Middle English: from Old French refuser, probably an alteration of Latin recusare 'to refuse', influenced by refutare 'refute'.
- Matter thrown away or rejected as worthless; trash: heaps of refuse refuse collectionMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: perhaps from Old French refusé 'refused', past participle of refuser (see refuse1).