reject

When you reject something, you rule it out or dismiss it. If you're trying to pick a fancy restaurant to go to for your birthday, you'll probably reject the diner you went to just yesterday.

The verb reject has several shades of meaning Reject can mean to refuse to accept or agree with something. If you don't believe space aliens are living on earth, you reject the idea — you just don't believe it. Reject can also mean to turn down something with contempt. If the "cool kids" in your high school reject you, they'll ignore you in the halls and also show contempt by making fun of you behind your back.

Primary Meanings of reject

1.
vn
refuse to accept or acknowledge
the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
2.
v
resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
Full Definitions of reject
1

v refuse to accept or acknowledge

“I reject the idea of starting a war”
“The journal rejected the student's paper”
Antonyms:
accept
consider or hold as true
accept
react favorably to; consider right and proper
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disbelieve, discredit
reject as false; refuse to accept
repudiate
refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
recuse
challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
reprobate
reject (documents) as invalid
disown, renounce, repudiate
cast off
brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
bar from attention or consideration
cold-shoulder, slight
pay no attention to, disrespect
doubt
consider unlikely or have doubts about
discredit
cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
distrust, mistrust, suspect
regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
shrug off
minimize the importance of, brush aside
apostatise, apostatize, tergiversate
abandon one's beliefs or allegiances
abjure, forswear, recant, resile, retract
formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw
take back what one has said
pass off
disregard
flout, scoff
treat with contemptuous disregard
turn a blind eye
refuse to acknowledge
laugh away, laugh off
deal with a problem by laughing or pretending to be amused by it
rebut, refute
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
deny
refuse to accept or believe
disoblige
ignore someone's wishes
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v deem wrong or inappropriate

Synonyms:
disapprove
Antonyms:
O.K., approve, okay, sanction
give sanction to
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object
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
deprecate
express strong disapproval of; deplore
deter, discourage
try to prevent; show opposition to
demur, except
take exception to
challenge, take exception
raise a formal objection in a court of law
carp, cavil, chicane
raise trivial objections
mind
be offended or bothered by; take offense with, be bothered by
remonstrate
argue in protest or opposition
make a stink, raise a stink, raise hell
take strong and forceful action, as to object or express discontent
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

v refuse to accept

Synonyms:
decline, pass up, refuse, turn down
disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, scorn, spurn, turn down
reject with contempt
Antonyms:
accept, have, take
receive willingly something given or offered
have, receive
get something; come into possession of
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Types:
dishonor, dishonour
refuse to accept
bounce
refuse to accept and send back

v refuse entrance or membership

“Black people were often rejected by country clubs”
Synonyms:
refuse, turn away, turn down
disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, scorn, spurn, turn down
reject with contempt
Antonyms:
admit, allow in, intromit, let in
allow to enter; grant entry to
admit
serve as a means of entrance
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v dismiss from consideration or a contest

v reject with contempt

Synonyms:
disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, scorn, spurn, turn down
decline, pass up, refuse, turn down
refuse to accept
refuse, turn away, turn down
refuse entrance or membership
Types:
rebuff, repel, snub
reject outright and bluntly
Type of:
decline, refuse
show unwillingness towards

n the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality

Synonyms:
cull
Type of:
deciding, decision making
the cognitive process of reaching a decision
2

v resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ

“His body rejected the liver of the donor”
Synonyms:
refuse, resist
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

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