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reject

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of reject

  1. 1 one who is cast out or rejected by society <was the school reject as a child and has low self-esteem even today> Synonyms castaway, castoff, leper, offscouring, pariah, outcastRelated Words untouchable; outsider; deportee, exileNear Antonyms insider

  2. 2 something separated from a group or lot for not being as good as the others <that apple has a mushy spot on it, so it's a reject> Synonyms discard, cull, rejection, secondRelated Words castaway, throwaway; hand-me-down, white elephant; rubbish, scrap, trash, waste




reject

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of reject

  1. 1 to be unwilling to grant <rejected his request for time off> Synonyms decline, disallow, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, deny, reprobate, withholdRelated Words ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto; rebuff, repel, spurn; check, constrain, curb, hold, keep, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstructNear Antonyms afford, furnish, give, provide, supply; authorize, commission, license (also licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), warrant; accord, sanction, vouchsafeAntonyms allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit

  2. 2 to declare not to be true <I reject the claim that I have ever lied about that> Synonyms contradict, disaffirm, disallow, disavow, disclaim, disconfirm, disown, gainsay, negate, negative, refute, deny, repudiateRelated Words traverse; challenge, confute, disprove, rebut; disagree (with), disputeNear Antonyms accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; affirm, announce, assert, aver, claim, declare, maintain, profess, submit; authenticate, corroborate, substantiate, validate, verifyAntonyms acknowledge, admit, allow, avow, concede, confirm, own

  3. 3 to get rid of as useless or unwanted <sorted through the nuts and rejected any that had cracked shells or were shattered> Synonyms cashier, cast (off), chuck, deep-six, ditch, dump, eighty-six (or 86), exorcise (also exorcize), fling (off or away), jettison, junk, lay by, lose, pitch, discard, scrap, shed, shuck (off), slough (off) also sluff (off), throw away, throw out, toss, unloadRelated Words abandon, abdicate, desert, forsake; dismiss, kick out; abolish, annihilate, eliminate, eradicate, expunge, exterminate, extinguish, extirpate, liquidate, remove, root (out), stamp (out), wipe outNear Antonyms adopt, embrace, take on; employ, use, utilize; hold, hold back, keep, retain

  4. 4 to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to <rejected his marriage proposal> Synonyms balk (at), deselect, disapprove, negative, nix, pass, pass up, refuse, decline, reprobate, repudiate, spurn, throw out, throw over, turn downRelated Words blow off, disdain, rebuff, scorn, scout, shoot down; overrule, veto; forbid, prohibit, proscribe; dismiss, ignore; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); deny, disavow, disclaim, dispute, gainsay; stick; abjure, forswear (also foreswear), recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; avoid, bypass, detour; contradict, deny, disown, negate; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, renege, revokeNear Antonyms condone, countenance, swallow, tolerate; adopt, embrace, receive, take, welcome; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; choose, handpick, select; espouse, supportAntonyms accept, agree (to), approve




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