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"reject" in British English

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rejectverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈdʒekt/
B2 to ​refuse to ​accept, use, or ​believe something or someone: The ​appeal was rejected by the ​court. Coin-operated ​machines in ​England reject ​euros. The ​primeminister rejected the ​suggestion that it was ​time for him to ​resign. I ​applied for a ​job as a ​mechanic in a ​localgarage, but I was rejected (= I was not ​offered the ​job). The ​coach rejected him for the first ​team (= he was not ​offered a ​place).B2 to not give someone the ​love and ​attention they ​want and are ​expecting from you: When she was ​sent to ​boardingschool, she ​felt as though her ​parents had rejected her. specialized medical If ​yourbody rejects an ​organ that has been put in during a ​medicaloperation, it ​fails to ​accept it and ​tries to ​attack and ​destroy it.

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rejectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈriː.dʒekt/
a ​product that is ​damaged or not ​perfectly made a ​person who has not been ​accepted by an ​organization or by ​society: He ​considered himself to be one of life's rejects.
(Definition of reject from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rejectverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈdʒekt/
to ​refuse to ​accept, use, or ​believe something or someone: The ​school rejects a third of all ​applicants. To reject someone is also to ​treat someone in a way that ​shows you do not ​feelaffection for that ​person: As a ​child, she had ​felt rejected by her ​mother. medical If ​yourbody rejects ​tissue or an ​organ that comes from another ​person, ​yourbody has a ​dangerousphysicalreaction to it.

rejectnoun [C]

 us   /ˈri·dʒekt/
a ​damaged or ​faultyobject, or a ​person who has had many ​jobs because of not being ​successful at any of them: In ​desperation the ​hockeyteampicked up a 35-year-old reject as a ​backupgoalie.
(Definition of reject from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reject" in Business English

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rejectverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈdʒekt/
to ​refuse to ​accept an ​idea, suggestion, etc.: The ​committee will decide whether to ​accept or reject the ​offer. reject a suggestion/​proposal/argument reject a ​claim/criticism/​allegationreject sth as sth The ​board rejected the ​idea as being too ​risky.
HR, WORKPLACE to decide not to choose someone for a ​job or for a ​place on a ​course of ​study, etc.: We rejected ten ​candidates in the first round of ​interviews. 25% of ​applicants are rejected because of ​lack of ​experience.
COMMERCE to decide that ​goods cannot be ​accepted because they are of ​lowquality: Three ​shipments of beans were rejected because they had ​traces of ​illegalpesticides.
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rejectnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈriːdʒekt/
COMMERCE something that cannot be ​accepted because it is of ​lowquality: a factory reject Most of the crowd ​controldrugstested by the US military were rejects from the ​pharmaceuticalindustry.
(Definition of reject from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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