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 Ohio employers or employees who disagree with ODJFS’ initial decision about whether to accept or reject an unemployment claim can file an appeal. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 Scientists are as prone to biases as other humans, and often reject ideas that conflict with their beliefs. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent polls suggest voters will reject the recall measure by 10-plus percentage points. Lauryn Schroeder, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 As Iraqi forces continued to advance on the last few hundred square kilometers of Mosul held by the Islamic State group, the country's Prime Minister said Tuesday the gains show Iraqis reject terrorism. Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2021 The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this week that each alderman has until Sept. 15 to accept or reject a salary raise of almost 5.5%, which would begin at the start of the new year. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 9 Sep. 2021 But rather than reject or distance themselves from the Muslim community, Singh said, many Sikhs, including those in Dallas-Fort Worth, chose to show solidarity. Hojun Choi, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 That plan would unleash billions on what the White House calls human infrastructure — child care support, home health care, education and other expenditures that are Democratic priorities that Republicans have pledged to reject. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 7 Aug. 2021 That plan would provide billions in what the White House calls human infrastructure — child care support, home health care, education and other expenditures that are Democratic priorities that Republicans have pledged to reject. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once just a reject, Jade now becomes the town’s resident kook and more than a little bit of a menace. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 Critics of the law say it is being used to crush dissent, which authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong reject. NBC News, 10 June 2019 Finally, the vaccine-hostile reject the medical and epidemiological research on COVID-19, deeply mistrust COVID-19 vaccine research, and/or don't trust scientific authority or the government. Michael Osterholm And J. Michael Oakes, Star Tribune, 22 June 2021 Many fans call the amorphous sound social reject music, which captures their ironic sense of themselves as the lowest of the low, playfully dissing one another for devouring such low-quality, earsplitting, coarse rap tunes. New York Times, 16 May 2021 In 2019, Vaughtons supplied Aston Martin with 86,000 components, (which is a lot for a small British automotive company) and had a 0% reject rate. Bryan Campbell, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 And this is right at the heart of how dating apps lead you to behave — see a photo and swipe right for ‘like’ or left for ‘reject’. Mark Travers, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 Swift tries out her blaccent alongside Future and Ed Sheeran, on a track that sounds unmistakably like a Rihanna reject. Nate Jones, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021 Non-playable characters ragdolled around like reject mannequins. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 15 Dec. 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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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

reject

transitive verb
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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reject

transitive verb
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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