Definition of reject in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈjekt/
[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.
Example sentences
  • 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/
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/ Pronunciation: /ˌrē-/
Example sentences
  • 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)
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /-tər/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with reject

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, respect, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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Syllabification: re·ject

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