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See also refusé

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English

Etymology 1

Apparently from Old French refuse (French refusé), past participle of refuser ‘to refuse’, as Etymology 2, below.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: rĕ'fyo͞os, IPA: /ˈɹɛfjuːs/, SAMPA: /"rEfju:s/

Adjective

refuse (comparative more refuse, superlative most refuse)

Positive
refuse

Comparative
more refuse

Superlative
most refuse

  1. Discarded, rejected.

Noun

Singular
refuse

Plural
uncountable

refuse (uncountable)

  1. Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.
Synonyms
Translations

Etymology 2

From French refuser, from popular Latin *refusare, from the past participle of refundererefund’.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: rĭfyo͞oz', IPA: /ɹɪˈfjuːz/, SAMPA: /rI"fju:z/

Verb

Infinitive
to refuse

Third person singular
refuses

Simple past
refused

Past participle
refused

Present participle
refusing

to 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.
  2. (intransitive) To decline a request or demand; to withhold permission.
    I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused.
Usage notes
Synonyms
Translations

French

Verb

refuse

  1. First-person singular present indicative of refuser.
  2. Third-person singular present indicative of refuser.
  3. First-person singular present subjunctive of refuser.
  4. Third-person singular present subjunctive of refuser.
  5. Second-person singular imperative of refuser .

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