The difference between Refuse and Trash

When used as nouns, refuse means collectively, items or material that have been discarded, whereas trash means useless things to be discarded.

When used as verbs, refuse means to decline (a request or demand), whereas trash means to discard.

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

check bellow for the other definitions of Refuse and Trash

  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.

  1. Trash as a noun (chiefly, US):

    Useless things to be discarded; rubbish; refuse.

  2. Trash as a noun:

    A container into which things are discarded.

  3. Trash as a noun:

    Something worthless or of poor quality.

  4. Trash as a noun (slang, derogatory):

    People of low social status or class.

  5. Trash as a noun (fandom, humorous, uncountable):

    A fan who is excessively obsessed with their fandom and its fanworks.


    "I am Harry Potter trash."

  6. Trash as a noun (computing):

    Temporary storage on disk for files that the user has deleted, allowing them to be recovered if necessary.

  7. Trash as a noun:

    A collar, leash, or halter used to restrain a dog in pursuing game.


    "rfquotek Markham"

  1. Trash as a verb (US):

    To discard.

  2. Trash as a verb (US):

    To make into a mess.


    "The burglars trashed the house."

  3. Trash as a verb (US):

    To beat soundly in a game.

  4. Trash as a verb (US):

    To disrespect someone or something

  5. Trash as a verb:

    To free from trash, or worthless matter; hence, to lop; to crop.


    "to trash the rattoons of sugar cane"

    "rfquotek B. Edwards"

  6. Trash as a verb:

    To treat as trash, or worthless matter; hence, to spurn, humiliate, or crush.

  7. Trash as a verb:

    To hold back by a trash or leash, as a dog in pursuing game; hence, to retard, encumber, or restrain; to clog; to hinder vexatiously.


    "rfquotek Beaumont and Fletcher"