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 Yuan applied for an H-1B visa to come to America but was rejected. Jon Sarlin, CNN, "Everyone you know uses Zoom. That wasn't the plan," 21 May 2020 The counties had previously applied to reopen, alongside 31 others in the state, but were the only two whose proposals were rejected. oregonlive, "Oregon governor approves Phase 1 reopening for Marion, Polk counties," 21 May 2020 His plans for a four-hour behemoth were unsurprisingly squashed by Warner Bros.'s powers that be, and his original rough cut—submitted in January 2017 and close to the 2.5-hour range—was rejected as well. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The “Snyder cut” exists: Justice League re-shoot coming to HBO Max in 2021," 20 May 2020 In the case of Panderichthys, bony elements that many researchers initially thought were rudimentary digit bones were later rejected as such. John A. Long, Scientific American, "How a 380-Million-Year-Old Fish Gave Us Fingers," 20 May 2020 An appeal of last season's ban was rejected by the NCAA in late February. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Mercy regains postseason eligibility; coach admits ban 'really hurt' recruiting," 20 May 2020 But again, if the account is closed or inactive, it will be rejected and a check will be mailed. CBS News, "Where's my stimulus check? Answers to common payment questions," 20 May 2020 Henry Holmes, a 2-year-old from Sherborne, Dorset, England, befriended a newborn lamb after it was rejected by its mother, British news agency SWNS reports. Fox News, "2-year-old boy befriends 5-week-old lamb abandoned at birth," 19 May 2020 The most unstoppable player of that generation — and perhaps any — had been soundly rejected by a first-grader. Dallas News, "Remembering the time Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson turned down an autograph from Michael Jordan at 6 years old," 17 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, a body of social-science research suggests that being an oddball or a social reject can spark remarkable creativity. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "The Perks of Being a Weirdo," 3 Apr. 2020 Usually, the Bachelorette is chosen from the Bachelor's latest rejects, but could a familiar face return for another shot? Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Who Will Be the Bachelorette in 2020? The 4 Most Likely Fan Theories," 24 Feb. 2020 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

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reject. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for reject

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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