- 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 rejected
The role was originally offered to John Wayne, who rejected it for being “unpatriotic.”Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack
December 23, 2014
Brutality must be rejected as a “mistake,” but simultaneously preserved as a possible policy option.John Brennan’s Tortured Defense of the CIA’s Torture Program
December 11, 2014
Schettino also tried to enter a plea bargain agreement, which ultimately was rejected by the Grosseto court.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republicans rejected the offers.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: November 16
November 16, 2014
Indeed, the body would ultimately have rejected the organ transplant.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage
October 9, 2014
All pursuits that serve to connect the soul with the world whence it came are rejected.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It will not be sufficient that the rash counsels of human passion are rejected.
He had given back to her the gift of life, which she had rejected.Within the Law
The night before, he had proposed to a girl and had been rejected.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
"Cheer up, Mary, for I seek to comfort you," answered the rejected lover.The Wives of The Dead
- 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 rejected
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.