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refuse

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discarded or useless material
  • Refuse had littered the playground until our volunteer group cleaned it up.
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refuse

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1 to be unwilling to grant
  • The reclusive movie star usually refuses requests for interviews.
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2 to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to
  • refused the award, citing the hard work of others who deserved the recognition more
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turn one's back on

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Synonym Discussion of refuse

decline, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn mean to turn away by not accepting, receiving, or considering. decline often implies courteous refusal especially of offers or invitations.
    • declined his party's nomination
refuse suggests more positiveness or ungraciousness and often implies the denial of something asked for.
    • refused to lend them the money
reject implies a peremptory refusal by sending away or discarding.
    • rejected the manuscript as unpublishable
repudiate implies a casting off or disowning as untrue, unauthorized, or unworthy of acceptance.
    • teenagers who repudiate the values of their parents
spurn stresses contempt or disdain in rejection or repudiation.
    • spurned his overtures of friendship


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