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.
domestic, household | uncollected
heap, mound, pile
VERB + REFUSE
People dump their refuse in the surrounding woods instead of taking it to the tip.
What day do they collect the refuse?
REFUSE + NOUN
collection, disposal | bin | dumpverb
adamantly, obstinately, resolutely, steadfastly, stoutly, stubbornly | categorically, flatly, point-blank, simply
Gerard refused point-blank to co-operate.
The demand for an apology was pointedly refused.
| politely | consistently
VERB + REFUSE
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.
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