Antonyms for refuse

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : ri-fyooz
Phonetic Transcription : rɪˈfyuz

Definition of refuse

Origin :
  • 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.
  • noun garbage
  • verb deny; say no
Example sentences :
  • But the purest and best matrons of Greece refuse to be my guests.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • This request he intended to refuse, and enjoyed in advance the humiliation of young Rushton.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • "Then come and dine here," said Dick, unable to refuse a neighbour hospitality.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • When the news had spread, others came to join him, and he could not refuse.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand
  • If the refuse matter were taken from that, there would be nothing left.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870 » by Various
  • Yet when I tell you that God did it you refuse the statement.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • As for the boys, not one of them promised to attend; but neither did they refuse.
  • Extract from : « Ester Ried Yet Speaking » by Isabella Alden
  • Here was an offer which the company in an English inn at that or any other date are slow to refuse.
  • Extract from : « The White Company » by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Why resist, and refuse the glory of belonging to the faculty?
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire
  • You laugh at my prescriptions, and refuse to take the remedy which I ordered.
  • Extract from : « The Imaginary Invalid » by Molire

Synonyms for refuse

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