reject

verb
re·​ject | \ ri-ˈjekt How to pronounce reject (audio) \
rejected; rejecting; rejects

Definition of reject

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 obsolete : to cast off
4 : to spew out
5 : to subject to immunological rejection

reject

noun
re·​ject | \ ˈrē-ˌjekt How to pronounce reject (audio) \

Definition of reject (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from reject

Verb

rejecter or rejector \ ri-​ˈjek-​tər How to pronounce rejector (audio) \ noun
rejectingly \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce rejectingly (audio) \ adverb
rejective \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiv How to pronounce rejective (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for reject

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

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

Examples of reject in a Sentence

Verb My teacher rejected my excuse for being late. The committee rejected my proposal. The produce inspector rejected several crates of berries that had begun to grow mold. The college rejects hundreds of applicants each year. We rejected 5 of the 10 job applicants right away. Noun Stack the promising applications here, and put the rejects over there. was the school reject as a child and has low self-esteem even today
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like his sister Zara, Peter does not have an HRH title after Princess Anne chose to reject titles for her children. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Grandson Peter Phillips Confirms Separation From His Wife Autumn," 11 Feb. 2020 Congress, however, is almost certain to reject the budget blueprint as is. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Climate Change Once Again Left Out of Trump’s Federal Budget," 11 Feb. 2020 Uber handed drivers more freedom and flexibility, allowing them to see upfront information on ride destinations and estimated fares, as well as to reject trips without penalties. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Will Uber’s ride changes thwart AB5 gig work law?," 10 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, more than 1,000 founders signed pledges to reject checks from investors if their teams are all male. Fortune, "Venture capital, long a boy’s club, makes some progress in adding women," 8 Feb. 2020 The president appeared to have rejected Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to shake his hand. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Pollster John Zogby: Best week yet for President Trump," 8 Feb. 2020 Among the reasons the Met came to reject the Lucretia description was the gender of the servant in the painting — female, not male as in the legend. Graham Bowley, New York Times, "The Mystery of the Painting in Gallery 634," 8 Feb. 2020 The country has a long history of inventing bogus excuses to reject shipments of US farm goods, often as a hardball tactic to push for price reductions from anxious exporters. Mark Wagoner For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Farmer: The trade war battered my business. Trump's Phase One deal with China isn't going to help," 6 Feb. 2020 Frank Darabont is asking a New York judge to reject AMC's efforts to relitigate issues that have already been decided in their dispute over his profits from The Walking Dead. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Frank Darabont Accuses AMC of Reanimating Arguments in 'Walking Dead' Profits Fight," 4 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rejects included a disproportionate number of journalists from left-wing publications. The Economist, "Bagehot Cummings v the blob," 6 Feb. 2020 The hostess is often left with the rejects: broken cookies and lots of crumbs. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 One, though, might soon be destined for the reject shelf. Washington Post, "Gilead’s Liver-Drug Setback Jeopardizes $35 Billion Dream," 12 Feb. 2019 Radamel Falcao, that reject of both Manchester United and Chelsea descent, was up first. SI.com, "Reliving England's Hoodoo-Breaking World Cup Penalty Shootout Win Over Colombia One Year on," 3 July 2019 His work explores the freak, the outsider, the reject. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "A Giant Hand Has Appeared Atop a Building in New Zealand, and the Internet Is Shaking," 19 Aug. 2019 Donald Trump, the slumlord turned reality television reject currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "White Supremacist In-Chief Refuses To Apologize To Exonerated Five," 18 June 2019 So, men that have had it in their genital area and any of their limbs have been kind of suffering in silence and kind of feeling like a reject in a sense. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette’s Cam On Lymphedema, The ‘Pity Rose,’ And His Catchphrase," 5 June 2019 Auto-parts maker O&K American says its reject rate for Japanese steel is 0.001% compared to 0.174% for U.S. supplies. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Political Tariff Bureaucracy," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of reject

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reject

Verb

Middle English, from Latin rejectus, past participle of reicere, from re- + jacere to throw — more at jet

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The first known use of reject was in the 15th century

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16 Feb 2020

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“Reject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reject. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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reject

verb
How to pronounce reject (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reject

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

reject

noun
How to pronounce reject (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reject (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

reject

verb
re·​ject | \ ri-ˈjekt How to pronounce reject (audio) \
rejected; rejecting

Kids Definition of reject

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to refuse to accept, believe, or consider Dad rejected my excuse. He rejected their offer.

reject

noun
re·​ject | \ ˈrē-ˌjekt How to pronounce reject (audio) \

Kids Definition of reject (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person or thing not accepted as good enough for some purpose
re·​ject | \ ri-ˈjekt How to pronounce reject (audio) \

Medical Definition of reject

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 : to subject to immunological rejection rejected a heart transplant

Other Words from reject

rejective \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiv How to pronounce rejective (audio) \ adjective

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re·​ject | \ ri-ˈjekt How to pronounce reject (audio) \

Legal Definition of reject

: to refuse to accept, acknowledge, or grant — compare revoke

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