- 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
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Examples from the Web for reject
As Assaf put it, “this is one way to reject extremism and make it so the people are not afraid.”Middle East Goes Monty Python on ISIS
October 29, 2014
And I was wondering how you combat that impulse to reject the young?Martin Amis Talks About Nazis, Novels, and Cute Babies
Ronald K. Fried
October 9, 2014
His Mormon faith was no reason to reject his candidacy, he argued.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral
September 23, 2014
I reject angrily authority that exists without my respect.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
The problem for concerned people was not merely to do the obvious thing and reject apartheid, but to decide what to do about it.Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid
July 17, 2014
But once enticed into the parlour he did not reject the food set before him.The Secret Agent
And in this thought he did not reject the invitations pressed on him.Night and Morning, Complete
And under what pretence can you embrace the one, while you reject the other?
Miss Gunn, do you really wish me to understand that you reject me?Hetty's Strange History
Consider this before, unworthy as I am, you reject me from your esteem.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- 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
- something rejected as imperfect, unsatisfactory, or useless
Word Origin and History for reject
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).
- To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or use something.
- To discard as defective or useless; throw away.
- To spit out or vomit.
- To resist immunologically introduction of a transplanted organ or tissue; fail to accept in one's body.