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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refuse  \Re*fuse"\  (r?*f?z"),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Refused} 
  (-f?zd");  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Refusing}.]  [F.  refuser,  either 
  from  (assumed)  LL  refusare  to  refuse,  v.  freq.  of  L. 
  refundere  to  pour  back  give  back  restore  (see  {Refund}  to 
  repay),  or  fr  L.  recusare  to  decline  refuse  cf  {Accuse}, 
  {Ruse}),  influenced  by  L.  refutare  to  drive  back  repel, 
  refute.  Cf  {Refute}.] 
  1.  To  deny,  as  a  request,  demand,  invitation,  or  command;  to 
  decline  to  do  or  grant. 
  That  never  yet  refused  your  hest.  --Chaucer. 
  2.  (Mil.)  To  throw  back  or  cause  to  keep  back  (as  the 
  center,  a  wing,  or  a  flank),  out  of  the  regular  aligment 
  when  troops  ar?  about  to  engage  the  enemy;  as  to  refuse 
  the  right  wing  while  the  left  wing  attacks. 
  3.  To  decline  to  accept  to  reject;  to  deny  the  request  or 
  petition  of  as  to  refuse  a  suitor. 
  The  cunning  workman  never  doth  refuse  The  meanest 
  tool  that  he  may  chance  to  use  --Herbert. 
  4.  To  disown.  [Obs.]  ``Refuse  thy  name.''  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refuse  \Re*fuse"\,  v.  i. 
  To  deny  compliance;  not  to  comply. 
  Too  proud  to  ask  too  humble  to  refuse.  --Garth. 
  If  ye  refuse  .  .  .  ye  shall  be  devoured  with  the  sword. 
  --Isa.  i.  20. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refuse  \Re*fuse"\,  n. 
  Refusal.  [Obs.]  --Fairfax. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refuse  \Ref`use\  (r?f"?s;277),  n.  [F.  refus  refusal,  also  that 
  which  is  refused.  See  {Refuse}  to  deny.] 
  That  which  is  refused  or  rejected  as  useless;  waste  or 
  worthless  matter. 
  Syn:  Dregs;  sediment;  scum;  recrement;  dross. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Refuse  \Ref"use\,  a. 
  Refused;  rejected;  hence  left  as  unworthy  of  acceptance;  of 
  no  value;  worthless. 
  Everything  that  was  vile  and  refuse,  that  they 
  destroyed  utterly.  --1.  Sam.  xv 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  food  that  is  discarded  (as  from  a  kitchen)  [syn:  {garbage}, 
  {food  waste},  {scraps}] 
  v  1:  show  unwillingness  towards  [syn:  {decline}]  [ant:  {accept}] 
  2:  refuse  to  accept  "He  refused  my  offer  of  hospitality"  [syn: 
  {reject},  {pass  up},  {turn  down},  {decline}]  [ant:  {accept}] 
  3:  elude,  esp.  in  a  baffling  way  "This  behavior  defies 
  explanation"  [syn:  {defy},  {resist}]  [ant:  {lend  oneself}] 
  4:  refuse  to  let  have  "She  denies  me  every  pleasure";  "he 
  denies  her  her  weekly  allowance"  [syn:  {deny}]  [ant:  {allow}] 
  5:  refuse  entrance  or  membership;  "They  turned  away  hundreds  of 
  fans";  "Black  people  were  often  rejected  by  country  clubs" 
  [syn:  {reject},  {turn  down},  {turn  away}]  [ant:  {admit}] 

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