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 Most archaeologists reject this argument for multiple reasons, including the possibility that modern construction equipment, rather than early human butchers, smashed the mastodon remains, which were discovered during a road-building project. Jennifer Raff, Scientific American, "Genomes Reveal Humanity’s Journey into the Americas," 1 May 2021 Western officials — and Mr. Navalny’s supporters and allies — reject the idea that the opposition leader is acting on another country’s behalf. New York Times, "‘We Know How to Defend Our Interests’: Putin’s Emerging Hard Line," 20 Apr. 2021 Perhaps that’s why the collective’s members reject pragmatism, which has marooned, displaced, and confined so many Black Americans in the service of everyone’s needs but their own. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "MoMA’s First Show on Race and Architecture Chooses Lofty Ideas Over Pragmatism," 2 Apr. 2021 Democrats reject that, citing the job losses and numerous people still struggling to buy food and pay rent. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sight," 5 Mar. 2021 Cryptocurrency enthusiasts reject the notion claiming that it’s a whole new world misunderstood by old school guys like Roubini. John Navin, Forbes, "3 Insane Price Charts: A Cryptocurrency, A Silver Stock And A Forgotten ETF," 25 Feb. 2021 McGrath's team reject the McConnell camp's claim as baseless. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Donald Trump bashes Mitch McConnell after the Kentuckian blamed him for Capitol riot," 16 Feb. 2021 Some Wisconsin Republicans reject his effort to challenge results. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "The members of Congress who are planning to object to Joe Biden's Electoral College win," 5 Jan. 2021 These depictions of joy, love, and unity reject the trope that protest images must convey simple messages of spectacular conflict. Myles Poydras, The Atlantic, "How Will We Remember the Protests?," 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "How To Build The Perfect Dating App? First, Figure Out Why So Many People Dislike Online Dating," 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, "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

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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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9 May 2021

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“Reject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reject. Accessed 9 May. 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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