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 rÄ“iectus, past participle of rÄ“icere, "to throw back", from rÄ“-, back, + iacere, to throw. Displaced native Middle English forwerpen (â€œto rejectâ€) (from Old English forweorpan), Middle English forcasten (â€œto reject, throw awayâ€) (from Old Norse forkasta), Middle English skirpen (â€œto reject, spew outâ€) (from Old Norse skirpa (â€œto reject, spit outâ€)), Middle English wernen (â€œto refuse, rejectâ€) (from Old English wiernan (â€œto refuse, rejectâ€)), Middle English withchosen, withchesen (â€œto reject, choose againstâ€) (from Old English wiÃ¾Ä‹Ä“osan (â€œto rejectâ€)).