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refuse1

re·fuse1

refuse1

 
 
pronunciation:
rih fyuz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: refused, refuses, refusing
definition 1: to decline to accept or give.
I have decided to refuse that job offer.She refused permission for her son to go on the hunt.The couple refused help from the social services.
synonyms:
decline, deny, reject, repel, withhold
antonyms:
abide, accept, grant, proffer, provide
similar words:
abdicate, deprive, disallow, disapprove, discountenance, grudge, overrule, pass up, rebuff, repudiate, repulse, resist, scorn, spurn, veto
definition 2: to be unwilling to do (something).
I refuse to lend him any more money.Many citizens refused to obey the new law.
synonyms:
decline
similar words:
balk at, deny, object to
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to withhold acceptance, permission, or consent.
We asked her if she'd like to join us, but she refused.
antonyms:
acquiesce, agree, assent, comply
similar words:
balk, decline, demur, object, resist, scruple
derivation: refusable (adj.)