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Definition 1: food that is discarded (as from a kitchen) - [noun denoting substance]

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(refuse is a kind of ...) any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted

"they collect the waste once a week" "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"

Definition 2: show unwillingness towards - [verb of communication]

Samples where refuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he declined to join the group on a hike

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(refuse is a kind of ...) show a response or a reaction to something

(... is a kind of refuse ) reject with contempt

"She spurned his advances"

(... is a kind of refuse ) refuse to pay a levy to a union for political use

(... is a kind of refuse ) decline formally or politely

"I regret I can't come to the party"

(... is a kind of refuse ) refuse to recognize or pay

"repudiate a debt"

(... is a kind of refuse ) refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient

"He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"

Definition 3: refuse to accept - [verb of possession]

Samples where refuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He refused my offer of hospitality

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of refuse ) refuse to accept

"dishonor checks and drafts"

(... is a kind of refuse ) refuse to accept and send back

"bounce a check"

(refuse has a similar meaning as ...) reject with contempt

"She spurned his advances"

Definition 4: refuse to let have - [verb of possession]

Samples where refuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She denies me every pleasure
  • he denies her her weekly allowance

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(refuse is a kind of ...) retain possession of

"Can I keep my old stuffed animals?" "She kept her maiden name after she married"

(... is a kind of refuse ) hold back; refuse to hand over or share

"The father is withholding the allowance until the son cleans his room"

(refuse has a similar meaning as ...) deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure

"She denied herself wine and spirits"

Samples where refuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They turned away hundreds of fans
  • Black people were often rejected by country clubs

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(refuse has a similar meaning as ...) reject with contempt

"She spurned his advances"

Definition 6: elude, especially in a baffling way - [verb of stative]

Samples where refuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This behavior defies explanation

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(refuse is a kind of ...) be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by

"What you are seeing in him eludes me"

(... is a kind of refuse ) be beyond the resources of

"This beggars description!"

Definition 7: resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ - [verb of stative]

Samples where refuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His body rejected the liver of the donor

Synonyms for refuse in the sense of this definition

(refuse is a kind of ...) show a response or a reaction to something

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