Definition of reject in English:


Syllabification: re·ject


Pronunciation: /riˈjekt
[with object]
  • 1Dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one’s taste: union negotiators rejected a 1.5 percent pay increase
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    • 54.87 per cent of French voters reject the European Union's new constitution.
    • Kelly, the US officials said, rejected the threat as unacceptable as a means to resolve the nuclear crisis.
    • The Palestinians have rejected the release as inadequate and want thousands freed.
  • 1.1Refuse to agree to (a request): an application to hold a pop concert at the club was rejected
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    • On application, the application was rejected and a request for a review of an area review officer was forwarded to the office.
    • The government board hearing the requests has rejected its application twice before.
    • The judge rejects a media request to open more of jury selection to the public.
    turn down, refuse, decline, say no to, spurn
    informal give the thumbs down to
  • 1.2Fail to show due affection or concern for (someone); rebuff: she didn’t want him to feel he had been rejected after his sister was born
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    • In several studies, women emphasized wanting to satisfy a partner's needs, promote intimacy, avoid tension in a relationship, and avoid rejecting a partner.
    • Her rejecting him only made his desire to gain her affection that much stronger.
    • This might eventually cause others to reject the depressed person and to avoid future interactions.
    rebuff, spurn, shun, snub, repudiate, cast off/aside, discard, abandon, desert, turn one's back on, have nothing (more) to do with, wash one's hands of
    informal give someone the brush-off
    literary forsake
  • 1.3 Medicine Show an immune response to (a transplanted organ or tissue) so that it fails to survive.
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    • A mix of immunosuppressive therapies is typically used to prevent a recipient's body from rejecting a transplanted organ.
    • In many instances, bodies reject transplant organs because their immune systems see them as foreign tissue.
    • Immunosuppressants interfere with the body's immune system - making it less capable of rejecting the transplanted kidney.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌjekt
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  • A person or thing dismissed as failing to meet standards or satisfy tastes: some of the team’s rejects have gone on to prove themselves in championships
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    • The odd people he collects for the swim team are the rejects of regular sports and life; everyone's position as an outcast helps bond him to his teammates.
    • What is new in today's world is how many girls feel they have to maintain a big-bucks image - or risk feeling like a total reject.
    • The pain of not going back to school junior year just because I was afraid I wouldn't blend in because mother said I was a reject.
    failure, loser, incompetent



Pronunciation: /riˌjekˈtē, ˌrē-/
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  • Rejected both as a contestant and as a journalist covering the contestants - a double rejectee!
  • One final note: don't feel too sorry for the rejectees.
  • Cleverly, Lee wasn't allowed to tell Zoe his sexuality before he left, unlike all the other rejectees.


Pronunciation: /riˈjektiv/
( • rare )
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  • It's not good enough to perform a rejective revolution - ‘we want them out’ - because that's just a coup d'état, and little changes.
  • Three different modes of Si uptake have been proposed for plants having different degrees of Si accumulation, that is, active, passive, and rejective uptake.
  • Appropriate type I error rates were determined by the sequentially rejective Bonferroni test.


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  • Few are conscious and arrogant rejectors of God; instead they tend to be agnostics who feel not a little guilt at using nearby churches for baptisms, weddings and funerals but nought else.
  • The crashing realisation of abandonment, unsatisfied dependency needs - be it material, emotional or spiritual - anger at the rejector, and desire to inflict damage commensurate with the suffering, creates the desire for revenge.
  • If one endorses the alliance but the other rejects it, the rejector gains the advantage by sacrificing the other on the ‘altar of expediency’.


late Middle English: from Latin reject- 'thrown back', from the verb reicere, from re- 'back' + jacere 'to throw'.

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