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

Donahue said the city doesn't have the jurisdiction to reject the use of tanks and other heavy equipment. Author: Darlene Superville, Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump vows July 4 ‘show of a lifetime’ as protesters gather," 4 July 2019 The modern American trend is to reject this approach. Dov Fox, Vox, "The legal limbo of lost embryos," 3 July 2019 Donahue said the city doesn’t have the jurisdiction to reject the use of tanks and other heavy equipment. Washington Post, "Trump vows July 4 ‘show of a lifetime’ as protesters gather," 3 July 2019 In March of this year, the San Diego City Council voted 7-2 to reject a proposal that would have upped the mayor’s salary from $100,464 to $107,095 and would have increased City Council pay from $75,386 to $80,361. San Diego Union-Tribune, "El Cajon council getting a raise; Santee opts to study the issue," 3 July 2019 Houston's Occidental Petroleum is telling its shareholders to reject a new bid by corporate activist Carl Icahn to call a special board meeting in an effort to replace nearly half of the Oxy board. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oxy asks investors to reject Icahn's board takeover bid," 3 July 2019 Many conservative activists and legal scholars reacted harshly to Roberts’ siding with the Supreme Court’s liberals to reject the administration’s plans. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Trump administration abruptly gives up fight over citizenship question on the census," 2 July 2019 But on a conference call on Friday with the executive director, Alma Hernández, and several S.E.I.U. officials in California, one of the union’s national leaders, Heather Conroy, appeared to reject the idea, according to a person on the call. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Debate Over Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Rights in California Has Split Labor," 29 June 2019 Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gómez is poised to reject a move to West Ham, with the Uruguayan international instead hoping to attract interest the interest of Tottenham. SI.com, "Maxi Gómez to Reject West Ham Move as Uruguayan Striker Waits for Tottenham Offer," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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