Give and Refuse


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Give verb – To put before another for acceptance or consideration.
Usage example: she gave the committee her grant proposal

Refuse is an antonym for give in topics: yield, contribute, demonstrate.
Nearby Words: giving, given, giver
Antonyms for Give


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Refuse verb – To be unwilling to grant.
Usage example: the reclusive movie star usually refuses requests for interviews

Give is an antonym for refuse in deny topic.
Nearby Words: refused, refusal, refusing, refuser
Antonyms for Refuse
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How words are described

human human give human refuse
right right give right refuse
bad bad give bad refuse
main main give main refuse
Other adjectives: official.

Common collocations

life give life refuse life
idea give idea refuse idea
order give order refuse order
treatment give treatment refuse treatment
Other nouns: chance, hand, opportunity, item, time, way, money, food, gift, access, advice, option, orders, gifts, weapons.

Both words in one sentence

  • They frequently refuse to give interviews and often refuse to have their pictures taken.
  • Literature / The Ghost Writer She also asks Gerard to give her his and his parents' photograph, but refuse to give her own photograph to him.
  • Springtime for Hitler He expects that the daimyo will refuse his request and instead give him a few coins to go away.
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Refuse or Give. 2016. Accessed May 21, 2022.

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