Refuse

Definition of Refuse

Ref`use   Pronunciation: r?f´?s;277
v. t.1.To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant.
[imp. & p. p. Refused (-f?zd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Refusing.]
That never yet refused your hest.
- Chaucer.
2.(Mil.) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the center, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular aligment when troops ar about to engage the enemy; as, to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks.
3.To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor.
The cunning workman never doth refuse
The meanest tool that he may chance to use.
- Herbert.
4.To disown.
v. i.1.To deny compliance; not to comply.
Too proud to ask, too humble to refuse.
- Garth.
If ye refuse . . . ye shall be devoured with the sword.
- Isa. i. 20.
n.1.Refusal.
1.That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter.
a.1.Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless.
Everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.
- 1. Sam. xv. 9.

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