The difference between Forbear and Refuse

When used as verbs, forbear means to keep away from, whereas refuse means to decline (a request or demand).

Refuse is also noun with the meaning: collectively, items or material that have been discarded.

Refuse is also adjective with the meaning: discarded, rejected.

check bellow for the other definitions of Forbear and Refuse

  1. Forbear as a verb (transitive):

    To keep away from; to avoid; to abstain from

  2. Forbear as a verb (intransitive):

    To refrain from proceeding; to pause; to delay.

  3. Forbear as a verb (intransitive):

    To refuse; to decline; to withsay; to unheed.

  4. Forbear as a verb (intransitive):

    To control oneself when provoked.

  1. Forbear as a noun:

  1. Refuse as an adjective:

    Discarded, rejected.

  1. Refuse as a noun:

    Collectively, items or material that have been discarded; rubbish, garbage.

  1. Refuse as a verb (transitive):

    To decline (a request or demand).


    "My request for a pay rise was refused."

  2. Refuse as a verb (intransitive):

    To decline a request or demand, forbear; to withhold permission.


    "I refuse to listen to this nonsense any more."

    "I asked the star if I could have her autograph, but she refused."

  3. Refuse as a verb (military):

    To throw back, or cause to keep back (as the centre, a wing, or a flank), out of the regular alignment when troops are about to engage the enemy.


    "to refuse the right wing while the left wing attacks"

  4. Refuse as a verb (obsolete, transitive):

    To disown.

  1. Refuse as a noun (obsolete):



    "rfquotek Fairfax"

  1. Refuse as a verb:

    To melt again.