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verb re·ject \ri-ˈjekt\

Simple Definition of reject

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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

  3. 2 obsolete :  to cast off

  4. 3 :  throw back, repulse

  5. 4 :  to spew out

  6. 5 :  to subject to immunological rejection

re·ject·er or re·jec·tor play \-ˈjek-tər\ noun
re·ject·ing·ly play \-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
re·jec·tive play \-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

Synonym Discussion of reject

decline, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn mean to turn away by not accepting, receiving, or considering. decline often implies courteous refusal especially of offers or invitations <declined his party's nomination>. refuse suggests more positiveness or ungraciousness and often implies the denial of something asked for <refused to lend them the money>. reject implies a peremptory refusal by sending away or discarding <rejected the manuscript as unpublishable>. repudiate implies a casting off or disowning as untrue, unauthorized, or unworthy of acceptance <teenagers who repudiate the values of their parents>. spurn stresses contempt or disdain in rejection or repudiation <spurned his overtures of friendship>.



noun re·ject \ˈrē-ˌjekt\

Simple Definition of reject

  • : 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

  1. :  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>

Circa 1555

First Known Use of reject

circa 1555

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb re·ject \ri-ˈjekt\

Medical Definition of reject

  1. 1:  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>

  2. 2:  to subject to immunological rejection <rejected a heart transplant>

  3. re·jec·tive \ri-ˈjek-tiv\play adjective

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February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

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