verb (used with object), re·fused, re·fus·ing.
verb (used without object), re·fused, re·fus·ing.
Origin of refuse1
Origin of refuse2
Examples from the Web for refuse
And now to this list of New York pols who refuse to go away, it may be possible to add another name: Vito Fossella.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm?|David Freedlander|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I tell them they are ruining their life, but I will not refuse to do it,” Bensoussan said.
I refuse to be repeatedly mistreated especially by someone who claims to love me.The Chris Brown vs. Drake Feud Continues: Brown Claims Ex GF Karrueche Tran Cheated with Drizzy|Marlow Stern|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They expel difficult students and refuse to admit students that public schools have to admit—like kids with disabilities.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To all of you refuse to believe that a beloved actor could do this, you are wrong.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are many men amongst us who, in Scripture phrase, refuse to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
With his besom he began to scrub the refuse out of every corner.Aspects and Impressions|Edmund Gosse
He went further and declared that he would defy any jury in England to refuse him his money.Framley Parsonage|Anthony Trollope
If you refuse this, consent to pay tribute, and be under us forthwith.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
There was clearly nothing for it but absolute neutrality; he must refuse both requests.A Change of Air|Anthony Hope
Word Origin for refuse
- anything thrown away; waste; rubbish
- (as modifier)a refuse collection
Word Origin for refuse
c.1300, from Old French refuser "reject, disregard, avoid" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *refusare, frequentative form from past participle stem of Latin refundere "pour back, give back" (see refund (v.)). Related: Refused; refusing.
mid-14c., "an outcast;" mid-14c., "a rejected thing, waste material, trash," from Old French refus "waste product, rubbish; refusal, denial, rejection," a back-formation from the past participle of refuser (see refuse (v.)). As an adjective from late 14c., "despised, rejected;" early 15c., "of low quality."