Definition of reject in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /rəˈjekt//rəˈdʒɛkt/
  • 1Dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one's taste.

    ‘union negotiators rejected a 1.5 percent pay increase’
    • ‘Judge Maddocks rejected that contention and dismissed the appellant's appeal.’
    • ‘This was overwhelming rejected by union members who stated they were holding out for a four per cent increase.’
    • ‘In total, slightly more than 75 percent of union members voted to reject the contract.’
    • ‘Not only was there therefore no unfair dismissal but, since there was no dismissal, the claim for wrongful dismissal was also rejected.’
    • ‘54.87 per cent of French voters reject the European Union's new constitution.’
    • ‘The tribunal rejected the unfair dismissal claim, saying the email comment was not fitting to someone in his position as a manager.’
    • ‘However, pressure to provide a drug rehabilitation programme as an alternative to dismissal was rejected.’
    • ‘An immediate, but quickly rejected option is to drop the selling price by 10 percent.’
    • ‘He was part of a Saskatchewan delegation that visited several European capitals last October to get the European Union to reject the ban.’
    • ‘Local unions rejected the proposal which could have undermined their position in the entire plant.’
    • ‘Fourth, typing is more distancing than talking: it is easier to dismiss or reject a respondent textually than verbally.’
    • ‘The wine must pass an analytical test and is blind tasted by a panel which may reject wines judged faulty or atypical, and often does.’
    • ‘However, the union has rejected this because it believes it is worth nothing at present.’
    • ‘Kelly, the US officials said, rejected the threat as unacceptable as a means to resolve the nuclear crisis.’
    • ‘However, the unions rejected the claim that the proposed redundancy payment increases would lead to more job losses.’
    • ‘His attitude varied from rejecting such attempts as inadequate to according them the status of ‘fictions’.’
    • ‘The Palestinians have rejected the release as inadequate and want thousands freed.’
    • ‘The judge had found that all reasonable doctors would have avoided the danger and that any other approach was unacceptable, rejecting the contrary opinion of some of the experts.’
    • ‘Well there was a claim similar to that made in Israel that was rejected and dismissed by a court about six months ago.’
    • ‘Should the union accept or reject the Communist party's leading role in government?’
    banish, put away, set aside, lay aside, abandon, have done with, drop, disregard, brush off, shrug off, forget, think no more of, pay no heed to, put out of one's mind
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    1. 1.1 Refuse to agree to (a request)
      ‘an application to hold a pop concert at the club was rejected’
      • ‘Earlier on Monday, Millette rejected a defence request for a new trial.’
      • ‘It also levied transaction charges, including an enhanced charge of £35 per item if it rejected any request for payment.’
      • ‘They also wanted a change of venue but the judge rejected both requests.’
      • ‘The government board hearing the requests has rejected its application twice before.’
      • ‘He also invoked the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to reject the requests.’
      • ‘The judge rejects a media request to open more of jury selection to the public.’
      • ‘In a real bombshell, Shirley rejects the romantic request, and this sets off a sad series of events.’
      • ‘The race commissioner, however, rejected their request, upholding Dumaresq's legal right to race.’
      • ‘I have not spoken with Tim since last Thursday before the court of appeals rejected our last request for a stay.’
      • ‘She refuses to yield to the advances of her husband's friend Luka and rejects his request to marry him.’
      • ‘Fr Cashman, has rejected a request that he retires from the diocese and wants to remain on as a practising curate in the parish.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the Irish Medical Organisation has rejected this request in writing.’
      • ‘The judge also rejected a media request to televise the high profile trial.’
      • ‘Mr Chirac has flatly rejected requests to accept a summons for questioning by magistrates in the travel scandal.’
      • ‘In rejecting our request to attend the meeting, the narrow ‘Majorityism’ definition of democracy was espoused.’
      • ‘On application, the application was rejected and a request for a review of an area review officer was forwarded to the office.’
      • ‘It was announced minutes after an appeals court rejected his request for an execution delay.’
      • ‘I never even thought about asking why or rejecting her request.’
      • ‘The judge rejected the request for an adjournment and the renewed application insofar as it was made.’
      • ‘He rejected their request for limits of Chinese imports of welded steel pipes.’
      turn down, refuse, decline, say no to
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    2. 1.2 Fail 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’
      • ‘Well, you've been exploring the relationship between rejection and aggression in the lab, now first of all you actually have to somehow reject people in an experimental setting.’
      • ‘Her rejecting him only made his desire to gain her affection that much stronger.’
      • ‘They realised that being evil is no matter because people will always reject you.’
      • ‘The people will worship him; they will also reject him.’
      • ‘Would people reject me just because I'm too pale, my nose is too long, and my hair too light?’
      • ‘She rejects him after he cannot get into the army, but when she is kidnapped along with his train, he single-handedly attempts to get the train back.’
      • ‘But she rejected him and married a decrepit alcoholic, years older than herself.’
      • ‘Michael had the tainted innocence of an outcast, but I knew he was better than the very people who would reject him.’
      • ‘Sharon herself made the observation that she shouldn't be rejecting people because of their appearance given her hair in its current condition.’
      • ‘God will never reject me but people may.’
      • ‘This might eventually cause others to reject the depressed person and to avoid future interactions.’
      • ‘‘I say to you, you cannot bring your same-sex partner to the prom, we are not rejecting you as a person,’ Martin said.’
      • ‘Sometimes, says Mr. Vijayraj, young women are rejected because they are disabled.’
      • ‘You're probably thinking, if I don't want people to like me I shouldn't wear stuff like this, but let's just say I like rejecting people.’
      • ‘In doing so we cut ourselves off from every aspect of our life - from other people who will reject us, from our wicked past, our hopeless future and from nature itself.’
      • ‘He returns to his daughter much later in her life, and she initially rejects him.’
      • ‘In several studies, women emphasized wanting to satisfy a partner's needs, promote intimacy, avoid tension in a relationship, and avoid rejecting a partner.’
      • ‘She hated her sister's vanity and secretly hoped Lucas would reject her.’
      • ‘Her parents had been brought in from outside and after Saraswati was born her mother rejected her.’
      • ‘She was rejected and abandoned by her own family, and she was desperate.’
      rebuff, spurn, repudiate, cut off, cast off, cast aside, discard, jettison, abandon, desert, turn one's back on, have nothing to do with, have nothing more to do with, wash one's hands of, cast out, shut out, exclude, shun, cold-shoulder, give someone the cold shoulder
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    3. 1.3Medicine Show an immune response to (a transplanted organ or tissue) so that it fails to survive.
      • ‘In many instances, bodies reject transplant organs because their immune systems see them as foreign tissue.’
      • ‘A mix of immunosuppressive therapies is typically used to prevent a recipient's body from rejecting a transplanted organ.’
      • ‘The results also show that female heart transplant patients were more likely than men to reject the organ.’
      • ‘You'll need to follow a lifelong regimen of drug therapy after an organ transplant to prevent your body from rejecting the new organ.’
      • ‘Immunosuppressants interfere with the body's immune system - making it less capable of rejecting the transplanted kidney.’


Pronunciation /ˈriˌdʒɛkt//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’
    • ‘And what makes you think I'm not going to be one of the rejects?’
    • ‘She banished me from her caravan but not before I had stolen her magic crystal ball and called her a reject.’
    • ‘They were just doing it to become social rejects.’
    • ‘If you imagine a society founded on the rejects of monarchical and hierarchical Europe, then what might you imagine to be the result?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hardly any of them was a political reject, who had to be accommodated in a gilded cage like the Raj Bhawan.’
    • ‘So sure, I feel better than these rejects who try and rate the NFL games, but then again, if I'm just a critic, sitting here giving my opinion again, how can you really think I'm right?’
    • ‘Never leave a popular classmate stranded with a social reject for group projects.’
    • ‘Do you think more than a few of those rejects might have cost us some serious money had we hired them?’
    • ‘Jesus always had a soft spot for the ‘outsiders’, the rejects, those considered not good enough, who had not made the grade, those the pious did not want to be seen with.’
    • ‘As much as some might believe weblogs are the exclusive property of New York media rejects, the best use of the medium is by baseball fans, many of whom are professional writers by day and baseball nerds by night.’
    • ‘I looked at each of them in turn, retaining the scowl on my face until all the rejects were gone and the guards had returned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though nine out of ten are rejects, that didn't soften the sting of the final e-mail.’
    • ‘You've got to wonder if, over at ABC, they're fully appreciating the demographic significance of the first few rejects: old folks.’
    • ‘Rejected specialists are sent back with notes stating the reasons and recommending to those in charge of training units what they should stress in retraining the rejects.’
    • ‘Like the spurned women of Manhattan, Howard and his fellow rejects should remind themselves they're smart, beautiful, funny, wonderful people who deserve better.’
    • ‘No, we are the rejects, not part of any clique at all.’
    • ‘The ones elected to these jobs, so far outside the safe walls of the home base, were usually the girls who had outlived their usefulness at home or the social rejects from the hierarchy.’
    • ‘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.’
    failure, loser, incompetent
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Late Middle English: from Latin reject- ‘thrown back’, from the verb reicere, from re- ‘back’ + jacere ‘to throw’.