Definition of reject verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒekt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reject
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒekt//
    he / she / it rejects
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒekts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒekts//
    past simple rejected
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒektɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒektɪd//
    past participle rejected
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒektɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒektɪd//
    -ing form rejecting
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒektɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒektɪŋ//
    Operations, Business deals
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  1. 1  reject something to refuse to accept or consider something to reject an argument/a claim/a decision/an offer/a suggestion The prime minister rejected any idea of reforming the system. The proposal was firmly rejected. All our suggestions were rejected out of hand. See related entries: Business deals
  2. somebody for job
  3. 2  reject somebody to refuse to accept somebody for a job, position, etc. Please reject the following candidates… I've been rejected by all the universities I applied to.
  4. not use/publish
  5. 3  reject something to decide not to use, sell, publish, etc. something because its quality is not good enough Imperfect articles are rejected by our quality control.
  6. new organ
  7. 4  reject something (of the body) to not accept a new organ after a transplant operation, by producing substances that attack the organ Her body has already rejected two kidneys. See related entries: Operations
  8. not love
  9. 5  reject somebody/something to fail to give a person or an animal enough care or affection The lioness rejected the smallest cub, which died. When her husband left home she felt rejected and useless.
  10. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin reject- ‘thrown back’, from the verb reicere, from re- ‘back’ + jacere ‘to throw’.Extra examples Don’t just reject their suggestions out of hand. He urged the committee to reject the plans. It was a badly researched product that consumers rightly rejected. No one knows why a foetus is not automatically rejected by the mother’s immune system. She firmly rejected the suggestion that she had lied to Parliament. The organs are automatically rejected by the immune system. The paper expressly rejected charges that it had invented the story. The paper indignantly rejected charges that it had invented the story to boost sales. The plan was rejected on economic grounds. The proposal was rejected as too costly. Their design was rejected in favour of one by a rival company. Voters emphatically rejected the proposals. Voters narrowly rejected the plan. We considered offering him the job, but finally rejected him. He was only three when his father left and I think he still feels rejected. I’ve been rejected by all the colleges I applied to. She was rejected by her family and moved to another town.
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