reject

verb
re·​ject | \ri-ˈjekt \
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 \

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 \ noun
rejectingly \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb
rejective \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiv \ adjective

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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

The two sides have yet to agree on any power-sharing agreement, and South Sudan's government has rejected the idea of Machar returning yet again as Kiir's deputy. Fox News, "Sudan says South Sudan rival leaders reach deal on security," 7 July 2018 The Social Democrats previously rejected the idea of transit centers. David Rising, The Seattle Times, "Compromise reached in German government migration standoff," 3 July 2018 The Social Democrats previously rejected the idea of transit centers. The Christian Science Monitor, "German leaders agree on one approach to mitigating migrant crisis," 3 July 2018 Federal regulators have rejected the idea of setting minimum standards for airline seats and legroom as a safety measure. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "FAA says it won't regulate amount of airline legroom," 3 July 2018 The council at the time rejected the idea, prompting Grosch to lead an initiative petition drive that collected enough signatures to qualify for ballot status. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Poway mayor, councilmen, will run in November," 27 June 2018 But a majority of Supreme Court justices rejected the idea that the ban was premised on religious discrimination. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "Top U.S. Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban: Student Visas Already in Decline," 26 June 2018 Farage rejected the idea that his concessions were aimed at moving the markets for anyone. Cam Simpson, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit’s Big Short: How Pollsters Helped Hedge Funds Beat the Crash," 25 June 2018 Carnahan, whose term ends next year, rejects that idea. NBC News, "Minnesota GOP chair said she faced racism from within party," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The house was quickly cast into the reject pile, as the couple resumed the search but found nothing. Scott Sowers, miamiherald, "Pulling together a split-level | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 Its rooms were piled with boxes of yard-sale rejects, random envelopes of family photos and other assorted flotsom and jetsom of memorabilia. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Howey mansion is '95 percent restored' by $600K investment over seven months," 2 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 \
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 \

Kids Definition of reject (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person or thing not accepted as good enough for some purpose

re·​ject | \ri-ˈjekt \

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 \ adjective

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re·​ject | \ri-ˈjekt \

Legal Definition of reject 

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

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