rejectre‧ject1 /rɪˈdʒekt/ ●●○W2AWL verb [transitive] 🔊 🔊 1offer/suggestion/ideaREJECT/NOT ACCEPT to refuse to accept, believe in, or agree with something opp accept 🔊 Sarah rejected her brother’s offer of help.reject something as something 🔊 Gibson rejected the idea as ‘absurd’. 🔊 Dexter flatly rejected (=completely rejected) calls for his resignation. 🔊 His proposal was rejected outright (=completely rejected).► see thesaurus at refuse2not choose somebodyREJECT/NOT ACCEPT to not choose someone for a job, course of study etc opp accept 🔊 It’s obvious why his application was rejected.3productTHROW AWAY to throw away something that has just been made, because its quality is not good enough 🔊 If inspectors find a defective can, the batch is rejected.4not love somebodyDON'T LIKE to refuse to give someone any love or attention 🔊 Children feel abandoned or rejected if they don’t see their parents regularly.5organHBHMH if your body rejects an organ, after a transplantoperation, it does not accept that organCOLLOCATIONSadverbsreject something outright (=completely)He has not rejected the idea outright.firmly rejectThe British proposals were firmly rejected by the other EU countries.flatly reject (=in a firm and definite way)He flatly rejected the rebel’s demands.totally rejectMy client totally rejects the accusations.categorically/unequivocally reject (=in a definite way, leaving no doubt)We categorically reject their argument.unanimously reject (=when all members of a group reject something)The board unanimously rejected the proposal.decisively reject (=when most members of a group reject something)On May 21, the House decisively rejected the president’s proposed budget.→ See Verb table
rejectre‧ject2 /ˈriːdʒekt/ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1BBREJECT/NOT ACCEPTa product that has been rejected because there is something wrong with it 🔊 a shop selling cheap rejects2someone who is not accepted or liked by another person, or by other people 🔊 They felt that they were society’s rejects.
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reject• I got a rejection from Harvard, but I'm still waiting to hear from UCLA.• Of course, you always risk rejection when you first ask someone out.• Sometimes she began to question her outright rejection of her parents' values.• the rejection of the Equal Rights Bill by a small majority• the government's outright rejection of the proposals• And yet Eve had never had anything new, she knew that whatever dress she got for today would be a reject.• Zoe Ball's poor kidsounds like a reject from Carry On Chef.• Equipment is decrepit, training is inadequate and the conscripts, increasingly, are society's rejects.From Longman Business Dictionaryrejectre‧ject1 /rɪˈdʒekt/ verb [transitive]1to refuse to accept a request, suggestion, or offerThe Commerce Departmentrejected applications for 39 export licenses.Theproposals wererejected by a large majority.2HUMAN RESOURCESto refuse to accept someone for a job, course of study etcHe was rejected for the job because of his age.3COMMERCEto throw away or refuse to accept something that has been made because its quality is not good enoughA buyer may reject goods which do not conform to the sample. —rejection noun [countable, uncountable]The miners reversed their earlier rejection of the company’s proposals.After the job interview, the company sent her arejection letter wishing her luck in her search for work.→ See Verb tablerejectre‧ject2 /ˈriːdʒekt/ noun [countable]a product which is not good enough and will be thrown away or sold cheaplyIf the number of rejects exceeds this level, the batch is returned.