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Webster 1913 Edition


Reject

Re-ject′

(r?-j?kt′)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Rejected
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Rejecting
.]
[L.
rejectus
, p. p. of
reicere
,
rejicere
; pref.
re-
re- +
jacere
to throw: cf. F.
rejeter
, formerly also spelt
rejecter
. See
Jet
a shooting forth.]
1.
To cast from one; to throw away; to discard.
Therefore all this exercise of hunting . . . the Utopians have
rejected
to their butchers.
Robynson (More’s Utopia).
Reject
me not from among thy children.
Wisdom ix. 4.
2.
To refuse to receive or to acknowledge; to decline haughtily or harshly; to repudiate.
That golden scepter which thou didst
reject
.
Milton.
Because thou hast
rejected
knowledge, I will also
reject
thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me.
Hos. iv. 6.
3.
To refuse to grant;
as, to
reject
a prayer or request
.
Syn. – To repel; renounce; discard; rebuff; refuse; decline.

Webster 1828 Edition


Reject

REJECT'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. rejicio, rejectus, re and jacio, to throw.]
1.
To throw away, as any thing useless or vile.
2.
To cast off.
Have I rejected those that me ador'd?
3.
To cast off; to forsake. Jer. 7.
4.
To refuse to receive; to slight; to despise.
Because thou has rejected knowledge, I will reject thee. Hos. 4. 1Sam. 15.
5.
To refuse to grant; as, to reject a prayer or request.
6.
To refuse to accept; as, to reject an offer.

Definition 2022


reject

reject

English

Verb

reject (third-person singular simple present rejects, present participle rejecting, simple past and past participle rejected)

  1. (transitive) To refuse to accept.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      One morning I had been driven to the precarious refuge afforded by the steps of the inn, after rejecting offers from the Celebrity to join him in a variety of amusements. But even here I was not free from interruption, for he was seated on a horse-block below me, playing with a fox terrier.
    She even rejected my improved offer.
  2. (basketball) To block a shot, especially if it sends the ball off the court.

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Noun

reject (plural rejects)

  1. Something that is rejected.
  2. (derogatory slang) An unpopular person.

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