Meaning of “reject” in the English Dictionary

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rejectverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈdʒekt/ 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 prime minister rejected the suggestion that it was time for him to resign.
I applied for a job as a mechanic in a local garage, 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 boarding school, she felt as though her parents had rejected her.

specialized medical If your body rejects an organ that has been put in during a medical operation, it fails to accept it and tries to attack and destroy it.

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rejectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈriː.dʒekt/ us /ˈriː.dʒekt/

(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 feel affection for that person:

As a child, she had felt rejected by her mother.

medical If your body rejects tissue or an organ that comes from another person, your body has a dangerous physical reaction to it.

rejectnoun [ C ]

us /ˈri·dʒekt/

a damaged or faulty object, or a person who has had many jobs because of not being successful at any of them:

In desperation the hockey team picked up a 35-year-old reject as a backup goalie.

(Definition of “reject” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"reject" in Business English

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rejectverb [ T ]

uk /rɪˈdʒekt/ us

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/allegation
reject 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 low quality:

Three shipments of beans were rejected because they had traces of illegal pesticides.


rejectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈriːdʒekt/ us

COMMERCE something that cannot be accepted because it is of low quality:

a factory reject
Most of the crowd control drugs tested by the US military were rejects from the pharmaceutical industry.

(Definition of “reject” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)