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rejection

noun uk   /rɪˈdʒek.ʃən/ us  
C2 [C or U] the act of refusing to accept, use, or believe someone or something: The government's rejection of the plans is a setback for us.C2 [C] a letter, etc. that tells you that you have not been successful in getting a job, a place on a course of study, etc.: I've applied for ten jobs, but I've only had rejections/rejection letters.C2 [U] the act of not giving someone the love and attention they want and expect: He never asked her to marry him out of fear of rejection.
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