- to refuse to take, agree to, accede to, use, believe, etc.
- to discard or throw out as worthless, useless, or substandard; cast off or out
- to pass over or skip from (a record set by a record changer) without playing
- to throw up (food); vomit
- to rebuff; esp., to deny acceptance, care, love, etc. to (someone): a rejected child
- Physiol. to fail to accept immunologically (a part or organ grafted or transplanted into the body)
Origin of rejectLate Middle English rejecten from Classical Latin rejectus, past participle of reicere, rejicere, to throw or fling back from re-, back + jacere, to throw: see jet
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 react to the introduction of (a transplanted organ or tissue) with a destructive immune response; 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 (“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 wiÃ¾Ä‹Ä“osan (“to reject")).