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de·​ject di-ˈjekt How to pronounce deject (audio)


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dejected; dejecting; dejects

transitive verb

: to make gloomy

Examples of deject in a Sentence

Verb nothing dejects a TV pundit more than the reality check that nobody cares what he thinks
Recent Examples on the Web
Belinda, feeling dejected, ended up throwing her business plan away. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 19 Apr. 2023 It’s been a dejecting homestand for Baltimore, which was coming off a 5-1 road trip against AL East foes Toronto and New York. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 31 May 2023 Once again dejected, Kendall was left communing with some body of water, the motif that has followed him throughout the series. Matthew Gilbert,, 29 May 2023 Sims-Fewer didn’t seem dejected, though, putting a positive spin on things. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 May 2023 Head coach Mike Budenholzer, voice fading and dejected, evaded the idea that free throws, or lack thereof, were to blame solely for the loss though. Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2023 The explorers, down to 19 weary and dejected men, hastily buried Paixão, then resignedly returned to their portage. Larry Rohter, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2023 Many feel dejected because Biden has been unable to make good on a campaign pledge to bolster voting rights and are eager to see his administration keep the issue in the spotlight. CBS News, 5 Mar. 2023 Seeing the group date women come home early and dejected, Charity worries that her date will be canceled, too. Kristen Baldwin,, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English, to throw down, from Latin dejectus, past participle of deicere, from de- + jacere to throw — more at jet

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deject was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deject.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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