transitive verbre·ject·ed, re·ject·ing, re·jects
- a. To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or make use of: He rejected their version of what happened. The store rejected the merchandise because it was damaged. See Synonyms at refuse1.b. To refuse to consider or grant; deny: The manager rejected all requests for time off. The college rejected the student's application.
- a. To turn down (an applicant, as for a job); refuse to accept.b. To refuse to accept (someone) as a lover, spouse, or friend; rebuff.c. To refuse to give sufficient parental affection or care to (a child or young animal).
- To spit out or vomit: The baby rejected the medicine.
- Medicine To resist immunologically the introduction of (a transplanted organ or tissue); fail to accept as part of one's own body.
- One that has been rejected: a reject from the varsity team; a tire that is a reject.
- Slang A foolish or socially inept person.
Origin of rejectMiddle English rejecten, from Latin rēicere, rēiect- : re-, re- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
- re·ject′er, re·jec′tor
(third-person singular simple present rejects, present participle rejecting, simple past and past participle rejected)
- Something that is rejected.
- (derogatory slang) An unpopular person.
From Late Middle English rejecten, from Latin rēiectus, past participle of rēicere, "to throw back", from rē-, back, + iacere, to throw. Displaced native Middle English forwerpen (“to reject”) (from Old English forweorpan), Middle English forcasten (“to reject, throw away”) (from Old Norse forkasta), Middle English skirpen (“to reject, spew out”) (from Old Norse skirpa (“to reject, spit out”)), Middle English wernen (“to refuse, reject”) (from Old English wiernan (“to refuse, reject”)), Middle English withchosen, withchesen (“to reject, choose against”) (from Old English wiþċēosan (“to reject”)).