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 reject (audio) \ noun
rejectingly \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce reject (audio) \ adverb
rejective \ ri-​ˈjek-​tiv How to pronounce reject (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 Reagan was known to be combative with the media, to reject their premises, and to command news conferences and debates. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Promise of Ron DeSantis," 12 Apr. 2021 He was forced to reject this belief or face charges of heresy, a belief contrary to orthodox religious doctrine. Arkansas Online, "Letters," 10 Apr. 2021 If conservative state legislatures reject popular progressive policies, can cities enact them on their own? Richard Mcgahey, Forbes, "Don’t Let States Use Covid-19 Relief Funds To Subsidize Tax Cuts," 9 Apr. 2021 Hearing officers have been given more clear powers, such as deciding whether there's been a violation of the rules during the hearing process and whether to reject evidence. Jen Fifield, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix board that can overturn police officer firings gets new rules," 8 Apr. 2021 Drivers could set their own price as a multiple of an Uber base price, could see where riders were going, and could reject ride requests without penalties. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber may stop letting drivers see destinations and name prices," 5 Apr. 2021 For example, an existing housing may limit the performance of an electronic device because of an inability to effectively distribute or reject heat generated by the electronic device to the surrounding environment. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "Apple just patented a totally new iPhone design you’re going to hate so much," 2 Apr. 2021 For over two years now, Leslie and more than 60 other households in the Hillside Villa Apartments have been organizing in three languages—English, Spanish, and Cantonese—to reject rent increases of up to 200 percent and stay in their homes. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a virtual meeting with senior United Nations officials in a collegial display orchestrated as Chinese officials reject the significance of American statements about human rights. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "UN chief salutes ‘crucial’ US human rights advocacy as tensions with China rise," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Swift tries out her blaccent alongside Future and Ed Sheeran, on a track that sounds unmistakably like a Rihanna reject. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 Non-playable characters ragdolled around like reject mannequins. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Cyberpunk 2077 Sold a Promise—and Rigged the System," 15 Dec. 2020 Charmian Pepper, her name taken straight from Dickens’s reject pile, is given an alcohol problem to underscore her instability. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "“Roadkill” Offers the Fantasy of Politics as Usual," 30 Nov. 2020 Two years later, following his narrow loss in the state, Trump tweeted furiously — and inaccurately — that election officials were no longer allowed to check signatures or reject ballots. NBC News, "How Trump's legal battles to overturn the election undermine the Black vote," 24 Nov. 2020 And the companies flat out reject at Trump’s claims. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Fact check: No evidence supports Trump’s claim that COVID-19 vaccine result was suppressed to sway election," 11 Nov. 2020 Progress itself is scorned; workers on a dock reject a crane that would make their tasks more efficient. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's Magazine, "Coetzee’s Radical Masterpiece," 18 Aug. 2020 The drug that buoyed expectations for a coronavirus treatment and drew international attention for Gilead Sciences, remdesivir, started as a reject, an also-ran in the search for antiviral drugs. Author: Christopher Rowland, Anchorage Daily News, "Taxpayers paid to develop remdesivir but will have no say when Gilead sets price," 27 May 2020 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

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Reject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reject. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 reject (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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