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[verb ri-jekt; noun ree-jekt] /verb rɪˈdʒɛkt; noun 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 rejected
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  • 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 Marvin Dana
  • 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 Nathaniel Hawthorne
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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