What are some alternative words for refuse?

Synonyms for refuse
ˈrɛf yus

This thesaurus page is about all possible synonyms, equivalent, same meaning and similar words for the term refuse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. garbage, refuse, food waste, scraps(verb)

    food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

    Synonyms:
    drivel, scraps, garbage, food waste

    Antonyms:
    accept, have, consent, go for, take

  2. refuse, decline(verb)

    show unwillingness towards

    "he declined to join the group on a hike"

    Synonyms:
    defy, turn away, correct, worsen, pass up, turn down, deny, slump, decline, resist, wane, go down, reject

    Antonyms:
    take, accept, have, go for, consent

  3. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline(verb)

    refuse to accept

    "He refused my offer of hospitality"

    Synonyms:
    freeze off, reject, rule out, go down, deny, resist, worsen, winnow out, lower, correct, decline, lour, spurn, pooh-pooh, wane, disapprove, disdain, scorn, pass up, defy, turn away, eliminate, slump, turn down

    Antonyms:
    accept, consent, take, go for, have

  4. defy, resist, refuse(verb)

    elude, especially in a baffling way

    "This behavior defies explanation"

    Synonyms:
    pass up, baulk, reject, stand, deny, resist, hold up, hold out, fend, hold, balk, dissent, decline, jib, turn away, stand firm, withstand, defy, protest, turn down, dare

    Antonyms:
    go for, accept, consent, have, take

  5. deny, refuse(verb)

    refuse to let have

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

    Synonyms:
    defy, turn away, traverse, pass up, turn down, abnegate, deny, decline, resist, reject

    Antonyms:
    go for, accept, take, have, consent

  6. resist, reject, refuse(verb)

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

    Synonyms:
    baulk, reject, rule out, deny, stand, stand firm, freeze off, eliminate, hold out, fend, withstand, winnow out, decline, spurn, dissent, turn away, pooh-pooh, jib, balk, disapprove, disdain, scorn, pass up, defy, protest, resist, turn down

    Antonyms:
    have, accept, consent, go for, take

  7. reject, turn down, turn away, refuse(verb)

    refuse entrance or membership

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

    Synonyms:
    freeze off, eliminate, rule out, avert, deflect, deny, resist, bend, winnow out, lower, decline, lour, spurn, pass up, pooh-pooh, reject, disapprove, disdain, scorn, defy, turn away, turn down

    Antonyms:
    have, go for, accept, consent, take

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refuse

    Abjure, discard, forswear, recall, recant, renounce, retract, and revoke, like abandon, imply some previous connection. Renounce (Latin re, back, and nuntio, bear a message) is to declare against and give up formally and definitively; as, to renounce the pomps and vanities of the world. Recant (Latin re, back, and canto, sing) is to take back or deny formally and publicly, as a belief that one has held or professed. Retract (Latin re, back, and traho, draw) is to take back something that one has said as not true or as what one is not ready to maintain; as, to retract a charge or accusation; one recants what was especially his own, he retracts what was directed against another. Repudiate (Latin re, back, or away, and pudeo, feel shame) is primarily to renounce as shameful, hence to divorce, as a wife; thus in general to put away with emphatic and determined repulsion; as, to repudiate a debt. To deny is to affirm to be not true or not binding; as, to deny a statement or a relationship; or to refuse to grant as something requested; as, his mother could not deny him what he desired. To discard is to cast away as useless or worthless; thus, one discards a worn garment; a coquette discards a lover. Revoke (Latin re, back, and voco, call), etymologically the exact equivalent of the English recall, is to take back something given or granted; as, to revoke a command, a will, or a grant; recall may be used in the exact sense of revoke, but is often applied to persons, as revoke is not; we recall a messenger and revoke the order with which he was charged. Abjure (Latin ab, away, and juro, swear) is etymologically the exact equivalent of the Saxon forswear, signifying to put away formally and under oath, as an error, heresy, or evil practise, or a condemned and detested person. A man abjures his religion, recants his belief, abjures or renounces his allegiance, repudiates another's claim, renounces his own, retracts a false statement. A person may deny, disavow, disclaim, disown what has been truly or falsely imputed to him or supposed to be his. He may deny his signature, disavow the act of his agent, disown his child; he may repudiate a just claim or a base suggestion. A native of the United States can not abjure or renounce allegiance to the Queen of England, but will promptly deny or repudiate it. Compare ABANDON.

    Synonyms:
    abandon, abjure, deny, disavow, discard, disclaim, disown, forswear, recall, recant, reject, renounce, repudiate, retract, revoke

    Antonyms:
    acknowledge, advocate, assert, avow, cherish, claim, defend, hold, maintain, own, proclaim, retain, uphold, vindicate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. refuse(v)

    Synonyms:
    deny, withhold, reject, decline, repudiate

    Antonyms:
    grant, afford, yield, concede, acquiesce

  2. refuse(n)

    Synonyms:
    offal, scum, dregs, sediment, recrement, sweepings, trash, offscourings, debris, remains, dross

    Antonyms:
    cream, pickings, firstfruits, flower, prime

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. refuse(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    deny, decline

  2. refuse(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    reject, repudiate

  3. refuse(n.)

    Synonyms:
    dross, scum, dregs, sediment, lees, draff, recrement, rubbish, offal, GARBAGE, scoria, waste matter

  4. refuse(a.)

    Synonyms:
    worthless, waste

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. refuse(n)

    Synonyms:
    offal, dregs, offscum, garbage, fag-ends, recrement, riffraff, lees, dross, draff, offscouring, rubbish, waste, culls

  2. refuse(v)

    Synonyms:
    deny, decline, reject, rebuff, repulse

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How to use refuse in a sentence?

  1. Emeasoba George:

    Refusing and insisting not to lower your own standard in order to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs is just what it really means to be principled in life. Are you principled or unprincipled? However, you should be principled in all you do in life. Because, to be principled is just like to be self-controlled and whoever that is principled or self-controlled cannot and will never be tossed around by anyone or anything. Yes! you heard me right. Besides that, it pays to be principled at all times (mark you). -Emeasoba George

  2. John Bercow:

    One should no more refuse to request an extension of Article 50 because of what one might regard as the noble end of departing from the EU as soon as possible, than one could excuse robbing a bank on the basis that the cash stolen would be donated to a charitable cause immediately afterwards.

  3. Bernie Sanders:

    It is absolutely incomprehensible that we have Republicans in the U.S. Senate - my colleagues in the Senate - who refuse to honor the Constitution of the United States, correct me if I'm wrong, but the Constitution of the United States is pretty clear - that the President of the United States nominates individuals to the U.S. Supreme Court -- not a whole lot of ambiguity, is there?

  4. Peter Sellers:

    Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.

  5. Donald Trump:

    As I've said from the beginning, I will continue to treat these allegations with the gravity they deserve, and I refuse to prejudge the outcome. While the investigation continues, I will remain committed to the work the people of my state sent me to Congress to do.


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