Meaning of reject

reject




When you reject something, you rule it out or dismiss it. If you’re trying to pick a fancy restaurant to go to for your birthday, you’ll probably reject the diner you went to just yesterday.

The verb reject has several shades of meaning. Reject can mean to refuse to accept or agree with something. If you don’t believe space aliens are living on earth, you reject the idea — you just don’t believe it. Reject can also mean to treat someone with contempt: “My former best friend rejected me to hang out with a different crowd — but I found new friends with whom I had more in common.”

Definitions of reject
  1. verb

    refuse to accept or acknowledge

    “I
    reject the idea of starting a war”
    “The journal
    rejected the student’s paper”
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    Antonyms:

    accept

    consider or hold as true
    accept

    react favorably to; consider right and proper
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    disbelieve, discredit

    reject as false; refuse to accept
    repudiate

    refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
    recuse

    challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
    reprobate

    reject (documents) as invalid
    disown, renounce, repudiate

    cast off
    brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside

    bar from attention or consideration
    cold-shoulder, slight

    pay no attention to, disrespect
    doubt

    consider unlikely or have doubts about
    discredit

    cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
    distrust, mistrust, suspect

    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    shrug off

    minimize the importance of, brush aside
    apostatise, apostatize, tergiversate

    abandon one’s beliefs or allegiances
    abjure, forswear, recant, resile, retract

    formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
    swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw

    take back what one has said
    pass off

    disregard
    flout, scoff

    treat with contemptuous disregard
    turn a blind eye

    refuse to acknowledge
    laugh away, laugh off

    deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it
    rebut, refute

    overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
    deny

    refuse to accept or believe
    disoblige

    ignore someone’s wishes
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  2. verb

    deem wrong or inappropriate

    synonyms:

    disapprove

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    Antonyms:

    O.K., approve, okay, sanction

    give sanction to
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    object

    express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
    deprecate

    express strong disapproval of; deplore
    deter, discourage

    try to prevent; show opposition to
    demur, except

    take exception to
    challenge, take exception

    raise a formal objection in a court of law
    carp, cavil, chicane

    raise trivial objections
    mind

    be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by
    remonstrate

    argue in protest or opposition
    make a stink, raise a stink, raise hell

    take strong and forceful action, as to object or express discontent
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  3. verb

    refuse to accept

    synonyms:

    decline, pass up, refuse, turn down

    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, scorn, spurn, turn down

    reject with contempt
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    Antonyms:

    accept, have, take

    receive willingly something given or offered
    have, receive

    get something; come into possession of
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    dishonor, dishonour

    refuse to accept
    bounce

    refuse to accept and send back

  4. verb

    refuse entrance or membership

    “Black people were often
    rejected by country clubs”
    synonyms:

    refuse, turn away, turn down

    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, scorn, spurn, turn down

    reject with contempt
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    Antonyms:

    admit, allow in, intromit, let in

    allow to enter; grant entry to
    admit

    serve as a means of entrance
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  5. verb

    dismiss from consideration or a contest

  6. verb

    reject with contempt

    synonyms:

    disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, scorn, spurn, turn down

    decline, pass up, refuse, turn down

    refuse to accept
    refuse, turn away, turn down

    refuse entrance or membership
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    rebuff, repel, snub

    reject outright and bluntly
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    balk, decline, refuse

    show unwillingness towards

  7. noun

    the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality

    synonyms:

    cull

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    deciding, decision making

    the cognitive process of reaching a decision

  8. verb

    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

    “His body
    rejected the liver of the donor”
    synonyms:

    refuse, resist

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    type of:

    react, respond

    show a response or a reaction to something

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