[ verb ] show unwillingness towards




"he declined to join the group on a hike"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

In one extreme case , cited by a Pittsburgh psychologist , an office worker 's wife refused to have sexual_relations with her husband unless he bought her the luxuries she demanded .

Finally , he was cooking , washing dishes , bathing the children , and even ironing - and still his wife refused to have relations as often as he desired them .

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

In New_York_City in 1958 , the city 's Commissioner of Hospitals refused to permit a physician to provide a Protestant mother with a contraceptive_device .

(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

And he refused to be anything else .

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

Unlike the Sicilians , he additionally conducted holdups , robberies , and safe cracking expeditions , and refused to touch prostitution .

[ verb ] refuse to accept


"He refused my offer of hospitality"

Used in print

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

When they were refused entrance to his brother 's house nearby , they smashed down the door , broke the window , and threw lighted clothes wet with kerosene into the room .

(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)

`` I refused '' , Duclos said .

And I was certain he would refuse '' .

(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)

So John had refused to agree to his appointment as a preacher , and now Caroli sought revenge .

(Jane Gilmore Rushing, "Against the Moon,"...)

There was really no reason to refuse , and Linda_Kay had never ridden in a Cadillac .

[ verb ] elude, esp. in a baffling way


resist defy


"This behavior defies explanation"

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

The dog refused to be scared_off , so Kahler had purchased some small firecrackers .

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

But he did not notice , and was already backing the car down to the road , saying `` Toot-toot '' ! to the stump of a tree as he passed it , the same stump which had impaled the car of many_a guest in the past thirty years and which he refused to have removed .

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

It is not an entirely happy book , as Mrs._Fink soon becomes jealous of Alicia and , in retaliation , refuses to continue to scrape the algae off her glass .

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lend_oneself elude beggar

[ verb ] refuse to let have




"She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her weekly allowance"

Used in print

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

The largest of these organizations at_present denies to the full_time educator any vote on the conduct and standards of the group and , indeed , refuses him even the right to attach the customary initials after his name in the college catalog .

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allow keep withhold deny refusal

[ noun ] food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

Used in print

(Frances and Richard Lockridge, Murder Has...)

A refuse bin at the Dumont turned_up a florist 's box - a very long box for very long stemmed flowers .

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[ verb ] resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ


resist reject


"His body rejected the liver of the donor"

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[ verb ] refuse entrance or membership


"They turned away hundreds of fans" "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"