Definition of reject in English:

reject

Line breaks: re¦ject

verb

Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʒɛkt
 
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[with object]
1Dismiss as inadequate, unacceptable, or faulty: union negotiators rejected a 1.5 per cent pay award these explanations of criminal behaviour have been rejected by sociologists
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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.
Synonyms
turn down, refuse, decline, say no to; dismiss, spurn
informal give the thumbs down to, give the red light to, give something a miss
British informal knock back
rare negative
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.
Synonyms
rebuff, spurn, repudiate, cut off, cast off, cast aside, discard, jettison, abandon, desert, turn one's back on, have nothing (more) to do with, wash one's hands of, cast out, shut out, exclude, shun, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder; ostracize, blackball, blacklist, avoid, give a wide berth to, ignore, snub, cut dead, keep at arm's length, leave out in the cold; Britishsend to Coventry; North Americandisfellowship
informal give someone the brush-off, kick someone in the teeth, freeze out, hand someone the frozen mitt
informal , dated give someone the go-by
British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off, blank
North American informal give someone the air
dated cut
Christianityexcommunicate
archaic forsake
1.3 Medicine Show an immune response to (a transplanted organ or tissue) so that it fails to survive: his body could begin to reject the implanted heart
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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.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈriːdʒɛkt
 
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1A person or thing dismissed as inadequate or unacceptable: 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.
Synonyms
failure, loser, incompetent; (rejects)flotsam
1.1An item sold cheaply because of minor flaws: [as modifier]: reject china plates
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  • To the consumer this means the product is a reject in Brazil and is not fit for human consumption.
  • We were forced to woo younger guys or scavenge in the reject bin of the older group.
  • This plutonium is a reject load being returned to British Nuclear Fuels by Japan.
Synonyms
substandard article, discard, second; (rejects)substandard goods

Origin

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

Derivatives

rejectable

Pronunciation: /rɪˈdʒɛktəb(ə)l/
adjective
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  • It is not at all difficult to reject many of the criticisms of globalisation that have recently been made, and it is right that rejectable points should be repulsed.
  • We rejected the rejectable and admitted only those items that are in step with the principles we promote each month.
  • If Ashley had been low and pathetic enough, she might almost have felt pity for her and her rejectable friends.

rejective

adjective ( 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.

rejector

noun
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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’.

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