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1. refuse

verb. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] show unwillingness towards.

Synonyms

  • contract out
  • disobey
  • decline
  • repudiate
  • scorn
  • spurn
  • disdain
  • turn down
  • freeze off
  • regret
  • reject
  • react
  • pooh-pooh

Antonyms

  • contract in
  • accept
  • increment
  • increase

Etymology

  • refuser (French)

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Rhymes with Refuse

  • misconstrues
  • transfuse
  • newport-news
  • santa-cruz
  • drive-thrus
  • disabuse
  • aeroperu's
  • worldnews
  • underuse
  • primenews
  • kangaroos
  • excuse
  • confuse
  • chartreuse
  • suffuse
  • shampoos
  • revues
  • reviews
  • review's
  • recuse
  • overuse
  • misuse
  • infuse
  • diffuse
  • defuse
  • bocuse
  • bemuse
  • toulouse
  • tattoos
  • taboos

How do you pronounce refuse?

Pronounce refuse as ˈrɛfˌjuz.

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Sentences with refuse


1. Verb, base form
Infants may refuse to eat as well.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Cats dislike the feel of it on their paws and most refuse to walk on it.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Holland recommends implementing a system in which you refuse to reward his complaints and criticism.

Quotes about refuse


1. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

2. Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
- Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

3. I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer
- Douglas Adams

2. refuse

verb. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] refuse to accept.

Synonyms

  • decline
  • scorn
  • turn down
  • bounce
  • dishonor
  • spurn
  • disdain
  • pass up
  • freeze off
  • reject
  • pooh-pooh

Antonyms

  • accept
  • rise
  • love
  • admire

Etymology

  • refuser (French)

3. refuse

verb. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] elude, especially in a baffling way.

Synonyms

  • elude
  • escape
  • resist
  • defy

Antonyms

  • approve
  • fame
  • esteem
  • repute

Etymology

  • refuser (French)

4. refuse

verb. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] refuse to let have.

Synonyms

  • withhold
  • hold on
  • keep
  • abnegate
  • keep back

Antonyms

  • allow
  • ascent
  • improvement
  • ascend

Etymology

  • refuser (French)

5. refuse

noun. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] food that is discarded (as from a kitchen).

Synonyms

  • waste
  • waste material
  • waste matter
  • waste product
  • food waste
  • garbage

Antonyms

  • recuperate
  • enrich
  • progress
  • better

Etymology

  • refuser (French)

6. refuse

verb. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] refuse entrance or membership.

Synonyms

  • spurn
  • turn down
  • disdain
  • freeze off
  • turn away
  • reject
  • pooh-pooh

Antonyms

  • liking
  • happiness
  • approbate
  • believe

Etymology

  • refuser (French)

7. refuse

verb. ['rəˈfjuːz, ˈrɛˌfjuːz, rɪˈfjuːz'] resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ.

Synonyms

  • resist
  • reject
  • react

Antonyms

  • stay in place
  • inelasticity
  • clear
  • notice

Etymology

  • refuser (French)
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