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.
- re·ject·a·ble, adjective
- re·ject·er, noun
- re·jec·tive, adjective
- pre·re·ject, verb (used with object)
- qua·si-re·ject·ed, adjective
- un·re·ject·a·ble, adjective
- un·re·ject·ed, adjective
- un·re·jec·tive, adjective
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How to use reject in a sentence
Testing thousands of molecules during high-speed automated experiments, she plucked one of the compounds out of the reject column and moved it into the group that warranted further study.The Download: US-built EV batteries, and California’s monkeypox emergency | Rhiannon Williams | August 2, 2022 | MIT Technology Review
Then I glanced at the second book and woefully added it to the reject pile.How to take an overnight trip with your two-wheeled vehicle | Melanie D.G. Kaplan | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
“I firmly and wholeheartedly reject the allegations,” Hawking said from a Cambridge Hospital.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims | Marlow Stern | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As Assaf put it, “this is one way to reject extremism and make it so the people are not afraid.”
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
His Mormon faith was no reason to reject his candidacy, he argued.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral | Elizabeth Picciuto | September 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I reject angrily authority that exists without my respect.
If you use it wisely, it may be Ulysses' hauberk; if you reject it, the shirt of Nessus were a cooler winding-sheet!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
No man would reject the words of God if he knew that God spoke those words.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Again, a principal cannot accept part of an agent's act and reject the remainder.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
If eager to get the most possible, she would reject the gift of money and claim her dower rights.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Early stages of great grief reject comfort, but they long, with intense longing, for sympathy.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for reject
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
- rejectable, adjective
- rejecter or rejector, noun
- rejection, noun
- rejective, adjective
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