verb \ri-ˈjekt\

: to refuse to believe, accept, or consider (something)

: to decide not to publish (something) or make (something) available to the public because it is not good enough

: to refuse to allow (someone) to join a club, to attend a school, etc.

Full Definition of REJECT

transitive verb
a :  to refuse to accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose, or use <rejected the suggestion> <reject a manuscript>
b :  to refuse to hear, receive, or admit :  rebuff, repel <parents who reject their children>
c :  to refuse as lover or spouse
obsolete :  to cast off
:  to spew out
:  to subject to immunological rejection
re·ject·er or re·jec·tor \-ˈjek-tər\ noun
re·ject·ing·ly \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
re·jec·tive \-ˈjek-tiv\ adjective

Examples of REJECT

  1. My teacher rejected my excuse for being late.
  2. The committee rejected my proposal.
  3. The produce inspector rejected several crates of berries that had begun to grow mold.
  4. The college rejects hundreds of applicants each year.
  5. We rejected 5 of the 10 job applicants right away.

Origin of REJECT

Middle English, from Latin rejectus, past participle of reicere, from re- + jacere to throw — more at jet
First Known Use: 15th century


noun \ˈrē-ˌjekt\

: something that is not good enough for some purpose : something that cannot be used or accepted

: a person who is not accepted or liked by other people

Full Definition of REJECT

:  a rejected person or thing; especially :  one rejected as not wanted, unsatisfactory, or not fulfilling requirements

Examples of REJECT

  1. Stack the promising applications here, and put the rejects over there.
  2. <was the school reject as a child and has low self-esteem even today>

First Known Use of REJECT

circa 1555

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transitive verb \ri-ˈjekt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REJECT

: to rebuff, repel, refuse to hear, or withhold love from; especially : to communicate negative feelings toward and a wish to be free of <parents who reject their children>
: to subject to immunological rejection <rejected a heart transplant>
re·jec·tive \ri-ˈjek-tiv\ adjective


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