US: /ˈɹɛfˌjuz/, /ɹəfˈjuz/, /ɹɪfˈjuz/

English Vietnamese dictionary

refuse /ri'fju:z/
  • động từ
    • từ chối, khước từ, cự tuyệt
      • to someone's help: không nhận sự giúp đỡ của ai
      • to refuse to do something: từ chối không làm việc gì
    • chùn lại, không dám nhảy qua (hàng rào) (ngựa thi)
      • the horse refuses the fence: con ngựa chùn lại không dám nhảy qua hàng rào['refju:s]
  • danh từ
    • đồ thừa, đồ thải, đồ bỏ đi; rác rưởi
    • (địa lý,địa chất) đá thải, bâi thải đá
    • (kỹ thuật) vật phẩm bỏ đi (của kim loại)

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
1 to say that you will not do sth that sb has asked you to do: [V] Go on, ask her; she can hardly refuse. + [V to inf] He flatly refused to discuss the matter. + She refused to accept that there was a problem.
2 [VN] to say that you do not want sth that has been offered to you
Synonym: TURN DOWN
I politely refused their invitation. + The job offer was simply too good to refuse.
3 [VNN] to say that you will not give sb sth that they want or need: They refused him a visa. + She would never refuse her kids anything.
+ noun
[U] (written) waste material that has been thrown away
domestic / household refuse + the city refuse dump + refuse collection / disposal - RUBBISH

Thesaurus dictionary

1 decline, reject, spurn, repudiate, turn down, rebuff, give (something) the thumbs down, US turn thumbs down on, Colloq pass by or up:
They refused our application to build a hotel here. Did he actually refuse a knighthood?
2 deny, deprive (of), withhold, disallow, not allow or permit:
They refused me my right to vote.
rubbish, sweepings, waste, litter, dust, dirt, dregs, dross, garbage, debris, detritus, cast-offs, junk, Chiefly US trash:
Refuse collection is scheduled for once a week.

Collocation dictionary


domestic, household | uncollected


heap, mound, pile


People dump their refuse in the surrounding woods instead of taking it to the tip.
| collect
What day do they collect the refuse?
| recycle


collection, disposal | bin | dump


adamantly, obstinately, resolutely, steadfastly, stoutly, stubbornly | categorically, flatly, point-blank, simply
Gerard refused point-blank to co-operate.
| pointedly
The demand for an apology was pointedly refused.
| politely | consistently


can't/couldn't, can/could hardly
They made me an offer I couldn't refuse.
| be entitled to, have the right to
Workers should be entitled to refuse to work under these conditions.
| be/seem churlish to
She offered them cups of tea and it seemed churlish to refuse.

Concise English dictionary

+food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
+show unwillingness towards
+refuse to accept
+elude, especially in a baffling way
+refuse to let have
+resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
+refuse entrance or membership