1. (v. t.) To deny, as a request, demand, invitation, or command; to decline to do or grant.

2. (v. t.) To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the center, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular alignment when troops are about to engage the enemy; as, to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks.

3. (v. t.) To decline to accept; to reject; to deny the request or petition of; as, to refuse a suitor.

4. (v. t.) To disown.

5. (v. i.) To deny compliance; not to comply.

6. (n.) Refusal.

7. (n.) That which is refused or rejected as useless; waste or worthless matter.

8. (a.) Refused; rejected; hence; left as unworthy of acceptance; of no value; worthless.

abjure afterglow afterimage balance ban bar be unmoved be unwilling beat back beg off bilge bilgewater bones brush aside brush off butt butt end candle ends carrion castaway castoff chaff chase chase away chase off chuck chuck out collateral contemn contradict culm cut deadwood debar debris decline decline to accept deep six deny deprive of derelict despise detritus dirt disagree disallow disapprove discard discarding disclaim discount disdain dishwater dismiss disown disposal disregard dissent ditchwater dogie draff dregs drive away drive back dross dump dumping dust dustheap elimination embargo end enjoin except exclude exclude from fag end fend off filings flotsam flotsam and jetsam forbid forswear fossil foundling garbage gash hogwash hold off hold out against holdover husks ignore inhibit interdict jetsam jettison junk junking keep back keep off kelter lagan leavings lees leftovers litter lumber muck negate negative not allow not buy not consent not hear of not think of odds and ends offal offscourings orphan orts outlaw pack off parings pass by pass up pelf potsherds preclude prevent prohibit proscribe push aside push back put back rags raspings rebuff recant refuse consent refuse to consider reject rejectamenta rejection relics remainder remains remnant removal renounce repel repress reprobate repudiate repulse residue residuum resist entreaty resist persuasion rest riffraff roach rubbish ruins rule out rump sawdust say nay say no say no to scourings scout scrap iron scrapping scraps scum scurf send away send off send packing sewage sewerage shadow shards shavings shove away shut out slack slag slop slops slough snub spurn stand aloof straw stubble stump suppress survival sweepings swill taboo tares throw away throw out throwaway thrust back trace trash turn away turn back turn down turn out vestige vote nay vote negatively waif waifs and strays waive ward off wastage waste waste matter wastepaper wastrel weeds withhold


Top of Page
Top of Page