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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.
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 rejected
  • In many places, it has rejected the cutoffs built more than a half century ago.
  • While our genes are transmitted vertically and can't be chosen, cultural traits can be accepted or rejected.
  • Thus, our proposition to work in the area was harshly rejected.
  • Unfortunately, his body rejected the organ and he died from a staph infection.
  • Many people were marginalized and rejected and it was those people who became rappers.
  • Louis had been rejected by his previous owners and was found on the freeway.
  • To my astonishment, one rejected me on the grounds of being overly personable.
  • It had taken four years for the complaint to be judged, and a further two before his appeal was rejected.
  • They have been trying to find out whether ultrasonic probing can warn doctors that a kidney is about to be rejected.
  • By six to three, the justices rejected both arguments.
British Dictionary definitions for rejected


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 rejected



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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rejected 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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