verb (used with object)

  1. to refuse to have, take, recognize, etc.: to reject the offer of a better job.
  2. to refuse to grant (a request, demand, etc.).
  3. to refuse to accept (someone or something); rebuff: The other children rejected him. The publisher rejected the author’s latest novel.
  4. to discard as useless or unsatisfactory: The mind rejects painful memories.
  5. to cast out or eject; vomit.
  6. to cast out or off.
  7. Medicine/Medical. (of a human or other animal) to have an immunological reaction against (a transplanted organ or grafted tissue): If tissue types are not matched properly, a patient undergoing a transplant will reject the graft.


  1. something rejected, as an imperfect article.

verb (rɪˈdʒɛkt) (tr)

  1. to refuse to accept, acknowledge, use, believe, etc
  2. to throw out as useless or worthless; discard
  3. to rebuff (a person)
  4. (of an organism) to fail to accept (a foreign tissue graft or organ transplant) because of immunological incompatibility

noun (ˈriːdʒɛkt)

  1. something rejected as imperfect, unsatisfactory, or useless

early 15c., from Old French rejecter and directly from Latin reiectus, past participle of reiectare “throw away, cast away, vomit,” frequentative of reicere “to throw back,” from re- “back” (see re-) + -icere, comb. form of iacere “to throw” (see jet (v.)). Related: Rejected; rejecting.


1550s, “a castaway” (rare), from reject (v.). Modern use probably a re-formation of the same word: “thing cast aside as unsatisfactory” (1893); “person considered low-quality and worthless” (1925, from use in militaries).


  1. To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or use something.
  2. To discard as defective or useless; throw away.
  3. To spit out or vomit.
  4. To resist immunologically introduction of a transplanted organ or tissue; fail to accept in one’s body.

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