reject Definition

  • 1to refuse to accept, use, or believe something or someone
  • 2to throw away something that is not wanted
  • 3a person or thing that has been rejected or thrown away

Using reject: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reject" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company rejected his job application.

  • Example

    She rejected his proposal of marriage.

  • Example

    He rejected the idea as impractical.

  • Example

    The machine rejects any coins that are too old.

reject Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using reject

  • to reject the assumption that there is no significant difference between two groups or sets of data


    Based on the statistical analysis, we can reject the null hypothesis that the two samples are identical.

  • to immediately dismiss or refuse someone or something without giving it any consideration


    He rejected the proposal out of hand, without even reading it.

  • to disagree with or disbelieve an idea or concept


    Many scientists reject the notion that the earth is flat.

Phrases with reject

  • to feel unwanted or unloved


    After being turned down for the job, he felt rejected and depressed.

  • reject someone's advances

    to refuse someone's romantic or sexual overtures


    She had to reject his advances because she was already in a committed relationship.

  • a collection of items that have been deemed unsuitable or unacceptable


    All the defective products go into the reject pile.

Origins of reject

from Latin 'reicere', meaning 'throw back'


Summary: reject in Brief

The verb 'reject' [rɪˈdʒɛkt] means to refuse, decline, or dismiss something or someone. It can also mean to throw away something that is not wanted. Examples include 'The company rejected his job application.' and 'The machine rejects any coins that are too old.' Phrases like 'feel rejected' and 'reject pile' extend its usage, while idioms like 'reject the null hypothesis' and 'reject someone out of hand' add technical and colloquial flavors.

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