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

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 If voters reject overlay rezoning in November, LeMay said council should consider rezoning the Beech Brook property for single-family home use. cleveland, "Pepper Pike councilmen encourage votes against Beech Brook rezoning," 24 Sep. 2020 Yet the conservative education establishment continues to reject these ideals in its self-defeating quest for a de facto national curriculum. Stanley Kurtz, National Review, "Against the 1619 Curriculum," 17 Sep. 2020 But the Black Lives Matter movement has helped motivate many African Americans to reject Western beauty standards in favor of their own — reminiscent of the Afro hairstyle era from the Black Power Movement of the 1960s and '70s. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Why Johnson & Johnson and others are investing in this burgeoning Black-owned haircare company," 15 Sep. 2020 On Wednesday, a commission is expected to recommend a new state flag design — one that will be put before state voters to approve or reject in November. Emily Wagster Pettus, Star Tribune, "Artists want Mississippi flag with wide appeal, not division," 1 Sep. 2020 Opinion polls show only one in 10 Germans reject the country's current prevention measures, such as the requirement to wear masks on public transport, in stores, and in some public buildings such as libraries and schools. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Germany's far right protest COVID rules and storm parliament," 30 Aug. 2020 To reject greatness in favor of goodness is a particularly difficult choice to make in an anxious state. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Republican National Convention Was a Spectacle Fit for a Would-Be King," 28 Aug. 2020 But in a runoff, either of them would be confronting a rising population of younger people and Black and Latino voters who reject the president. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Trump Faces Challenges Even in Red States, Poll Shows, as Women Favor Biden," 25 Sep. 2020 Oertel’s ideas are shared by a wider group of people across the country who argue the virus is not a serious health threat and reject social distancing and masks, citing objections about personal freedom and government overreach. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "An Oakland events space openly defied coronavirus rules. Did the city do enough to stop it?," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Usually, the Bachelorette is chosen from the Bachelor's latest rejects, but could a familiar face return for another shot? Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Who Will Be the Bachelorette in 2020? The 4 Most Likely Fan Theories," 24 Feb. 2020 The rejects included a disproportionate number of journalists from left-wing publications. The Economist, "Bagehot Cummings v the blob," 6 Feb. 2020 The hostess is often left with the rejects: broken cookies and lots of crumbs. oregonlive, "Oregon families celebrate the holidays at home with well-loved traditions," 18 Dec. 2019 One, though, might soon be destined for the reject shelf. Washington Post, "Gilead’s Liver-Drug Setback Jeopardizes $35 Billion Dream," 12 Feb. 2019 Radamel Falcao, that reject of both Manchester United and Chelsea descent, was up first. SI.com, "Reliving England's Hoodoo-Breaking World Cup Penalty Shootout Win Over Colombia One Year on," 3 July 2019

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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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Last Updated

11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Reject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reject. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for reject

reject

verb
How to pronounce reject (audio)

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
How to pronounce reject (audio)

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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