"refusing" in the verb sense
1. refuse, decline
show unwillingness towards
"he declined to join the group on a hike"
2. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline
refuse to accept
"He refused my offer of hospitality"
3. defy, resist, refuse
elude, especially in a baffling way
"This behavior defies explanation"
4. deny, refuse
refuse to let have
"She denies me every pleasure"
"he denies her her weekly allowance"
5. resist, reject, refuse
resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
"His body rejected the liver of the donor"
6. reject, turn down, turn away, refuse
refuse entrance or membership
"They turned away hundreds of fans"
"Black people were often rejected by country clubs"
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