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English noun: refuse

1. refuse (substance) food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)


Synonymsfood waste, garbage, scraps


Broader (hypernym)waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product


English verb: refuse

1. refuse (communication) show unwillingness towards


SamplesHe declined to join the group on a hike.


ExamplesThey refuse to move


Synonymsdecline


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)react, respond


Narrower (hyponym)contract out, disdain, disobey, freeze off, pooh-pooh, regret, reject, repudiate, scorn, spurn, turn down


Antonymsconsent, go for, accept

2. refuse (possession) refuse to accept


SamplesHe refused my offer of hospitality.


ExamplesThey refuse the money


Synonymsdecline, pass up, reject, turn down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Narrower (hyponym)bounce, dishonor, dishonour


Verb groupdisdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down


Antonymsaccept, take, have

3. refuse (stative) elude, especially in a baffling way


SamplesThis behavior defies explanation.


Synonymsdefy, resist


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)elude, escape


Narrower (hyponym)beggar


Antonymslend oneself, apply

4. refuse (possession) refuse to let have


SamplesShe denies me every pleasure.
He denies her her weekly allowance.


ExamplesThey refuse them the money


Synonymsdeny


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)hold on, keep


Narrower (hyponym)keep back, withhold


Verb groupabnegate, deny


Antonymsgrant, allow

5. refuse (stative) resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ


SamplesHis body rejected the liver of the donor.


Synonymsreject, resist


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)react, respond

6. refuse (social) refuse entrance or membership


SamplesThey turned away hundreds of fans.
Black people were often rejected by country clubs.


Synonymsreject, turn away, turn down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Verb groupdisdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down


Antonymsallow in, intromit, admit, let in









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