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English

Etymology 1

Apparently from Old French refuse (French refusé), past participle of refuser ‘to refuse’, as Etymology 2, below.

Pronunciation

Adjective

refuse (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
refuse

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Discarded, rejected.

Noun

Singular
refuse

Plural
-

refuse (-)
  1. Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.
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Etymology 2

From French refuser, from popular Latin *refusare, from the past participle of refundererefund’.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to refuse

Third person singular
refus

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to refuse (third-person singular simple present refus, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To decline (a request or demand).
    My request for a pay rise was refused.
    I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more.
  2. (intransitive) To decline a request or demand; to withhold permission.
    I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused.
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French

Verb

refuse

  1. First-person singular present indicative of refuser.
  2. Third-person singular present indicative of refuser.
  3. First-person singular present subjunctive of refuser.
  4. Third-person singular present subjunctive of refuser.
  5. Second-person singular imperative of refuser .

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