from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To refuse to accept, submit to, believe, or make use of.
  • transitive v. To refuse to consider or grant; deny.
  • transitive v. To refuse to recognize or give affection to (a person).
  • transitive v. To discard as defective or useless; throw away. See Synonyms at refuse1.
  • transitive v. To spit out or vomit.
  • transitive v. Medicine To resist immunologically the introduction of (a transplanted organ or tissue); fail to accept as part of one's own body.
  • n. One that has been rejected: a reject from the varsity team; a tire that is a reject.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to refuse to accept
  • v. to block a shot, especially if it sends the ball off the court.
  • n. Something that is rejected.
  • n. An unpopular person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cast from one; to throw away; to discard.
  • transitive v. To refuse to receive or to acknowledge; to decline haughtily or harshly; to repudiate.
  • transitive v. To refuse to grant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw or cast back.
  • To throw away, as anything undesirable or useless; cast off; discard: as, to pick out the good and reject the bad; to reject a lover.
  • To refuse to receive; decline haughtily or harshly; slight; despise.
  • Synonyms To throw aside, cast off. See refuse.
  • n. That which is rejected or thrown out; a cull; specifically, in prehistoric archæol., an unfinished stone implement, spoiled or broken in the process of manufacture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
  • v. refuse to accept or acknowledge
  • v. reject with contempt
  • v. refuse entrance or membership
  • v. deem wrong or inappropriate
  • n. the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
  • v. refuse to accept
  • v. dismiss from consideration or a contest


Middle English rejecten, from Latin rēicere, rēiect- : re-, re- + iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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")). (Wiktionary)



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