See also: refusé and re-fuse

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EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French refusé, past participle of refuser ‎(to refuse).

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AdjectiveEdit

refuse ‎(comparative more refuse, superlative most refuse)

  1. Discarded, rejected.

NounEdit

refuse ‎(uncountable)

  1. (Britain) Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old French refuser, from Vulgar Latin *refusare, a blend of Classical Latin refutō and recusō.

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VerbEdit

refuse ‎(third-person singular simple present refuses, present participle refusing, simple past and past participle refused)

  1. (transitive) To decline (a request or demand).
    My request for a pay rise was refused.
    I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more.
    • Bible, Isa. i. 20
      If ye refuse [] ye shall be devoured with the sword.
    • 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2 - 0 Man City”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      City were outclassed thereafter and Roberto Mancini said that substitute Carlos Tevez refused to play.
  2. (intransitive) To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.
    I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused.
  3. (military) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the centre, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular alignment when troops are about to engage the enemy.
    to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To disown.
    • Shakespeare
      Refuse thy name.
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NounEdit

refuse

  1. (obsolete) refusal
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ParticipleEdit

refūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of refūsus

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