reject (verb, noun) past tense: rejected LISTEN
Reject means ‘to refuse to accept.’
- Justin rejected the job offer because the pay was too low.
- The magazine rejected Sybil's new story.
Reject also means ‘to refuse to admit.’
- After the university rejected Martha, she decided to look for a job.
A reject is ‘someone or something that is rejected.’
- The candy inspector put the rejects in the garbage.
- Nobody will dance with me; I feel like a reject.
Did you know?
Quite often, even famous authors receive many rejection letters. According to one source, J. K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, received 12 rejection letters before her first novel, The Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK.
In pop culture
Listen to 5 Seconds of Summer sing “Rejects.” Do you feel sorry for him?
There are other meanings of reject.