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[v. ri-jekt; n. ree-jekt] /v. rɪˈdʒɛkt; n. ˈri dʒɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.:
to reject the offer of a better job.
to refuse to grant (a request, demand, etc.).
to refuse to accept (someone or something); rebuff:
The other children rejected him. The publisher rejected the author's latest novel.
to discard as useless or unsatisfactory:
The mind rejects painful memories.
to cast out or eject; vomit.
to cast out or off.
Medicine/Medical. (of a human or other animal) to have an immunological reaction against (a transplanted organ or grafted tissue):
If tissue types are not matched properly, a patient undergoing a transplant will reject the graft.
something rejected, as an imperfect article.
Origin of reject
1485-95; (v.) < Latin rējectus, past participle of rējicere to throw back, equivalent to re- re- + jec-, combining form of jacere to throw + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
rejectable, adjective
rejecter, noun
rejective, adjective
prereject, verb (used with object)
quasi-rejected, adjective
unrejectable, adjective
unrejected, adjective
unrejective, adjective
1. See refuse1 . 1, 2. deny. 3. repel, renounce. 4. eliminate, jettison. 8. second. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reject
  • In the best-case scenario, you'll be able to respond and then reject me, saying you've already secured a tenure-track position.
  • But some curators reject putting up barriers between artwork and visitor.
  • The comments so far reject out of hand without even looking at the science.
  • It is a charge that bankers vehemently reject and the data largely back them up.
  • But he's inclined to reject the government's pre-change projections of modest energy savings.
  • When playing this simple game, people consistently reject the rational choice.
  • reject too many people for a job opening and they may flag your ad in spite every time they see it-and every new ad you post, too.
  • They desire what they reject and are consequently unhappy with themselves as well as their interlocutor.
  • He has proposed a process where both sides suggest options, reject those either finds unacceptable and then hammer out a solution.
  • If your faith requires that you reject science, that is your right.
British Dictionary definitions for reject


verb (transitive) (rɪˈdʒɛkt)
to refuse to accept, acknowledge, use, believe, etc
to throw out as useless or worthless; discard
to rebuff (a person)
(of an organism) to fail to accept (a foreign tissue graft or organ transplant) because of immunological incompatibility
noun (ˈriːdʒɛkt)
something rejected as imperfect, unsatisfactory, or useless
Derived Forms
rejectable, adjective
rejecter, rejector, noun
rejection, noun
rejective, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin rēicere to throw back, from re- + jacere to hurl
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Word Origin and History for reject

early 15c., from Old French rejecter and directly from Latin reiectus, past participle of reiectare "throw away, cast away, vomit," frequentative of reicere "to throw back," from re- "back" (see re-) + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Related: Rejected; rejecting.


1550s, "a castaway" (rare), from reject (v.). Modern use probably a re-formation of the same word: "thing cast aside as unsatisfactory" (1893); "person considered low-quality and worthless" (1925, from use in militaries).

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reject in Medicine

reject re·ject (rĭ-jěkt')
v. re·ject·ed, re·ject·ing, re·jects

  1. To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or use something.

  2. To discard as defective or useless; throw away.

  3. To spit out or vomit.

  4. To resist immunologically introduction of a transplanted organ or tissue; fail to accept in one's body.

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