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reject

verb re·ject \ ri-ˈjekt \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of reject

transitive verb
1 a : 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

rejecter

or rejector play \ri-ˈjek-tər\ noun

rejectingly

play \ri-ˈjek-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

rejective

play \ri-ˈjek-tiv\ adjective

Examples of reject in a Sentence

  1. My teacher rejected my excuse for being late.

  2. The committee rejected my proposal.

  3. The produce inspector rejected several crates of berries that had begun to grow mold.

  4. The college rejects hundreds of applicants each year.

  5. We rejected 5 of the 10 job applicants right away.

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Origin and Etymology of reject

Middle English, from Latin rejectus, past participle of reicere, from re- + jacere to throw — more at jet

Synonym Discussion of reject

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

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reject

noun re·ject \ ˈrē-ˌjekt \

Definition of reject

: a rejected person or thing; especially : one rejected as not wanted, unsatisfactory, or not fulfilling requirements

Examples of reject in a Sentence

  1. Stack the promising applications here, and put the rejects over there.

  2. was the school reject as a child and has low self-esteem even today

Recent Examples of reject from the Web

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First Known Use of reject

circa 1555

reject Synonyms

Synonyms
castaway, castoff, leper, offscouring, pariah, outcast
Related Words
untouchable; outsider; deportee, exile
Near Antonyms
insider


REJECT Defined for English Language Learners

reject

verb

Definition of reject for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of reject for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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reject

verb re·ject \ ri-ˈjekt \

Definition of reject for Students

rejected; rejecting
: to refuse to accept, believe, or consider
  • Dad rejected my excuse.
  • He rejected their offer.

Word Root of reject

The Latin word jacere, meaning “to throw,” and its form jactus give us the root ject. Words from the Latin jacere have something to do with throwing. To reject is to throw back or away. To eject is to throw out. To inject is to throw one thing into another. To project is to throw forward onto a surface.


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reject

noun re·ject \ ˈrē-ˌjekt \

Definition of reject for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

reject

transitive verb 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

rejective

play \ri-ˈjek-tiv\ adjective

Law Dictionary

reject

transitive verb re·ject \ ri-ˈjekt \

legal Definition of reject

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


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