AskDefine | Define reject

Dictionary Definition

reject n : the person or thing rejected or set aside as inferior in quality [syn: cull]


1 refuse to accept or acknowledge; "I reject the idea of starting a war"; "The journal rejected the student's paper" [ant: accept]
2 refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality" [syn: refuse, pass up, turn down, decline] [ant: accept]
3 deem wrong or inappropriate; "I disapprove of her child rearing methods" [syn: disapprove] [ant: approve]
4 reject with contempt; "She spurned his advances" [syn: spurn, freeze off, scorn, pooh-pooh, disdain, turn down]
5 resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ; "His body rejected the liver of the donor" [syn: resist, refuse]
6 refuse entrance or membership; "They turned away hundreds of fans"; "Black people were often rejected by country clubs" [syn: turn down, turn away, refuse] [ant: admit]
7 dismiss from consideration; "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi"; "This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration" [syn: rule out, eliminate]

User Contributed Dictionary



From reicere, to throw back, from re-, back, + iacere, to throw


  • (verb): rĭjĕkt', /rɪˈdʒɛkt/, /rI"dZEkt/
  • (noun): rē'jĕkt, /ˈriːdʒɛkt/, /"ri:dZEkt/
    Rhymes: -ɛkt


  1. to refuse to accept
    She even rejected my improved offer.




refuse to accept


  1. Something that is rejected.
  2. (derogatory slang) An unpopular person.


something that is rejected
slang: an unpopular person

Related terms

Extensive Definition

The word "rejection" was first used in 1415. The original meaning was "to throw" or "to throw back".
Rejection may mean:
  • Social rejection, in psychology, an interpersonal situation that occurs when a person or group of people exclude an individual from a social relationship
  • Transplant rejection, in medicine, the immune reaction of a host organism to a foreign biological tissue, such as in a transplantation
  • In telecommunications, rejection is the receiving of the desired signal without interference from another undesired one. See Electronic selectivity
  • In basketball, rejection is a slang term for a block
  • Rejection sampling, in mathematics, a technique used to generate observations from a distribution
  • In zoology, the shunning of one or more animals in a litter
Rejection may also refer to:
reject in German: Ablehnung
reject in French: Rejet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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