reject

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v reject dismiss from consideration or a contest "John was ruled out as a possible suspect because he had a strong alibi","This possibility can be eliminated from our consideration"
    • v reject refuse to accept or acknowledge "I reject the idea of starting a war","The journal rejected the student's paper"
    • v reject reject with contempt "She spurned his advances"
    • v reject deem wrong or inappropriate "I disapprove of her child rearing methods"
    • v reject refuse to accept "He refused my offer of hospitality"
    • v reject refuse entrance or membership "They turned away hundreds of fans","Black people were often rejected by country clubs"
    • v reject resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ "His body rejected the liver of the donor"
    • n reject the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Denver was originally chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics, but had to withdraw because Colorado voters rejected to finance it
    • Reject To cast from one; to throw away; to discard. "Therefore all this exercise of hunting . . . the Utopians have rejected to their butchers.""Reject me not from among thy children."
    • Reject To refuse to grant; as, to reject a prayer or request.
    • Reject To refuse to receive or to acknowledge; to decline haughtily or harshly; to repudiate. "That golden scepter which thou didst reject .""Because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "Spruce Goose" flew on November 2, 1947, for one mile, at a maximum altitude of 70 feet. Built by Howard Hughes, it is the largest aircraft ever built, the 140-ton eight-engine seaplane, made of birch, has a wingspan of 320 feet. It was built as a prototype troop transport. Rejected by the Pentagon, Hughes put the plane into storage, never to be flown again.
    • reject To throw or cast back.
    • reject To throw away, as anything undesirable or useless; cast off; discard: as, to pick out the good and reject the bad; to reject a lover.
    • reject To refuse to receive; decline haughtily or harshly; slight; despise.
    • reject Synonyms To throw aside, cast off. See refuse.
    • n reject That which is rejected or thrown out; a cull; specifically, in prehistoric archæol., an unfinished stone implement, spoiled or broken in the process of manufacture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The board game Monopoly was originally rejected by Parker Brothers, who claimed it had 52 fundamental errors.
    • v.t Reject rē-jekt′ to throw away: to refuse: to renounce: to despise
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Quotations

  • Chevy Chase
    Chevy Chase
    “Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.”
  • Elie Wiesel
    Elie%20Wiesel
    “Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.”
  • Mary Baker Eddy
    Mary%20Baker%20Eddy
    “Reject hatred without hating.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don't know anything about.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    Marcus%20Aurelius
    “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    Havelock%20Ellis
    “Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rejicĕre, rejectumre-, back, jacĕre, to throw.

Usage

In literature:

She became part of the Rejects who were being herded like sheep down the corridors and into the port airlock.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
Moreover, the only proposition he had to make stood rejected by the South.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Even with regard to ceremonies he no longer merely rejects.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
This proposal he rejected with the utmost contempt.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
That is, they absorb some and reject others.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
If, therefore, I reject one result, I must reject both.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The bill was, of course, rejected by the Council.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
I think we ought to take up her propositions, amend and perfect them, if need be, and then adopt or reject them.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He rejected all rites and ceremonies, not expressly enjoined in the Bible.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Of course the ladies reject them, and the lovers begin to triumph, when Onofrio prompts them to try another temptation.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
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In poetry:

Reject the wreath of rose,
Take up the crown of thorn
That shows
To-night a child is born.
"Art" by Alfred Noyes
A wistful Echo stayed behind
To join the mortal dances,
But Mr Judd, with words unkind,
Rejected her advances.
"The Ballad of Hampstead Heath" by James Elroy Flecker
This burning lake, it is God's wrath
Incensed by the sin
Of those who do reject his path,
And wicked ways walk in.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
She gave him all your best love can!
Despised, rejected, sad—
Sure, never yet had mighty man
Such homage as he had!
"The Woman That Was A Sinner" by George MacDonald
'I told my soft wishes,' she sweetly replied,
(Ye virgins! her voice was divine!)
'I've rich ones rejected, and great ones denied,
But take me, fond shepherd! -- I'm thine.'
"May-Day ; Or, The Discovery. A Pastoral. In The Manner of Cunningham" by Hector MacNeill
With you there—Answer! Would you kiss me back?
Would you reject me if I sued again?—
How strange this is! I think my madness lasts,
Although I'm sure I have forgot the pain!
""Now That The Pain Is Gone, I Too Can Smile."" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard

In news:

The Supreme Court's rejection is the latest defeat for the suit, which was brought by a group of cable and satellite TV subscribers led by Rob Brantley.
Ecuador officials reject plan to run tie-wearing burro for legislature.
Ecuador officials reject plan to run burro for legislature.
Bush administration rejects Clarke charges.
And she was even rejected by her "Project Runway" co-star Michael Kors.
BRUSSELS, Belgium — The brewer InBev SA on Tuesday urged Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc shareholders to challenge the biggest US beer company's rejection of its $46 billion buyout bid .
But they threw it away by rejecting a labor contract that was the company's last, best offer.
And it's really very simple—Ehud Barak and Bill Clinton put on the table during July–December 2000 a historic compromise and the Palestinians rejected it.
The Cape Girardeau City Council has rejected a request that could have put a vote on deer hunts within city limits on the November ballot.
West Virginia voters re-elected Democratic US Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday, even as they rejected.
' Carryover Consent' Theory in FLSA Collective Actions Rejected.
'Carryover Consent' Theory in FLSA Collective Actions Rejected.
Centenarian Rejects School's Offer, Teapot Returned.
New York officials once again rejected the idea, citing economic reasons.
She says since she came out she's experienced a subtle rejection by the industry establishment.
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In science:

The rejection is thus expected to be proportional to δ , as confirmed in Figure 2 by the numerical simulations using a Monte-Carlo, where the rejections are plotted against δ for different L.
Monte-Carlo rejection as a tool for measuring the energy landscape scaling of simple fluids
Lemma 5: For a fixed (µ, ν ), rejection sampling leads to a constant number of expected rejections.
Geographic Gossip: Efficient Averaging for Sensor Networks
Without rejection sampling, Pij = aj , and with rejection sampling, Pij = qj .
Geographic Gossip: Efficient Averaging for Sensor Networks
Against segregation, the test rejects for R > z1−α and against association, the test rejects for R < zα .
Relative Density of the Random $r$-Factor Proximity Catch Digraph for Testing Spatial Patterns of Segregation and Association
U (CH (Y )) which once again rejects Thus in the case of J > 1, we have a (conditional) test of H0 : Xi against segregation for large values of ρn (r, J ) and rejects against association for small values of ρn (r, J ).
Relative Density of the Random $r$-Factor Proximity Catch Digraph for Testing Spatial Patterns of Segregation and Association
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