refuse  

  • Pronunciation of refuse: R AH0 F Y UW1 Z (rɪ'fjuz)

  • Number of syllables of refuse: 2

  • Pronunciation Video of refuse

  • Definition of refuse

    • (n): food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)  
    • (v): show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike"  
    • (v): refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure"; "he denies her her weekly allowance"  
    • (v): refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"  
    • (v): refuse entrance or membership; "They turned away hundreds of fans"; "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"  
    • (v): elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"  
    • (v): resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ; "His body rejected the liver of the donor"  
  • Examples of refuse

    • The movie impresario made Chris an offer he could not refuse.  
    • Hadrian realized that the Caledonians would refuse to coexist with the Romans.  
    • The prisoners refuse the attention of a chaplain.  
    • In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess.  
    • It was impolitic to refuse his request.  
    • To simply refuse the attempt seems unwise and unnecessary.  
    • Some of the eccentric menagerie refuse to talk.  
    • Is it more humane to refuse to portray the inhumane accurately  
    • One of the ways to refuse this is to serve watermelon.  
    • They were told to refuse orders to mistreat the detainees.  

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