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reject

[ verb ri-jekt; noun ree-jekt ]
/ verb rɪˈdʒɛkt; noun ˈri dʒɛkt /
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verb (used with object)

noun

something rejected, as an imperfect article.

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RELATED WORDS

refuse, spurn, renounce, veto, scrap, dismiss, deny, repudiate, rebuff, repulse, shed, burn, despise, disbelieve, kill, exclude, decline, second, discredit, eliminate

Nearby words

reiterate, reiteration, reiterative, reith, reive, reject, rejectamenta, rejectee, rejection, rejection region, rejection slip

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
SYNONYMS FOR reject
1 See refuse1.
1, 2 deny.
3 repel, renounce.
4 eliminate, jettison.
8 second.
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British Dictionary definitions for reject

reject


verb (rɪˈdʒɛkt) (tr)

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 Formsrejectable, adjectiverejecter or rejector, nounrejection, nounrejective, adjective

Word Origin for reject

C15: from Latin rēicere to throw back, from re- + jacere to hurl
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Medicine definitions for reject

reject

[ rĭ-jĕkt ]

v.

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.
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