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

decline, deny, disallow, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, reprobate, withhold

Synonyms: Noun

castaway, castoff, leper, offscouring, outcast, pariah

Antonyms: Verb

allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit

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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

Twice residents have rejected a tax increase to bolster the Julian department’s finances, from the current $50 per parcel annually to $200. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Julian station rebellion unresolved as fire season begins," 5 June 2019 Details about the discussions first emerged last year, but the release of additional text messages Wednesday shed more light on who was involved in the conversations and why the idea of a private buyout ultimately was rejected. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "New texts: Cranley and City Council talked about using private money to buy out Harry Black," 5 June 2019 Republicans last month rejected going along with Evers' plan, but must now consider earmarking funds to provide job training to BadgerCare Plus and FoodShare recipients. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers to decide health care spending as Democrats push for already-rejected Medicaid expansion," 4 June 2019 Brinkley, who denied Meek Mill's bid for a new trial last year, has rejected accusations of bias and refused calls to remove herself from the case. CBS News, "Meek Mill granted new hearing in long-running appeals case," 4 June 2019 The Supreme Court on Monday rejected arguments that Wyoming’s 1890 statehood erased hunting rights provided under a treaty between the Crow tribe and the federal government. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "High Court Upholds Crow Tribe’s Hunting Rights," 20 May 2019 The Good Doctor—which was originally rejected by CBS—airs on ABC. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About 'The Good Doctor' Season 3," 29 Apr. 2019 The same movie companies who initially rejected it, of course! Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Charade Reboot?," 11 Feb. 2019 Some people reject the idea that blackface – a relic of minstrelsy, popular entertainment from the 19th century rooted in the mimicry and mocking of plantation slaves – is racist. Monica Rhor, USA TODAY, "'Deeply offensive' blackface video of California high school student sparks backlash," 8 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In a nation obsessed with soccer, most of the 84 members are rejects from their school teams. Matt Blomberg, latimes.com, "There's a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient," 11 July 2018 Sometimes the fruit and vegetables aren’t aesthetic rejects. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Produce that looks funny but tastes the same will be sold in Milwaukee at discounted prices," 15 June 2018 Here’s a list of five that impressed the judges — Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — enough to earn a trip to the next round, and a bonus reject. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'America's Got Talent:' The 5 craziest auditions, plus that just-too-weird reject," 19 June 2018 The bag, which is a reject, is symbolic of the type of follow-through that has grown this tiny local golf bag company into world renowned provider of high-quality premium products. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This small Louisville leather shop makes golf bags for the president," 31 May 2018 The Golden Knights like to see themselves as a bunch of rejects who carry a chip on their collective shoulders because they were discarded and doomed to the cruel fate of playing for an expansion team. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "Vegas’ latest show-stopper puts the Golden Knights one win away from a berth in Stanley Cup Final," 19 May 2018 The four rejects who do the best will move back into the house. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'America's Next Top Model' recap: Throwback tarantulas and salty models," 28 Mar. 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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reject

verb

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

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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