From Late Middle English rejecten, from Latin rēiectus, past participle of rēicere, "to throw back", from rē-, back, + iacere, to throw. Displaced native Middle English forwerpen (“to reject”) (from Old English forweorpan), Middle English forcasten (“to reject, throw away”) (from Old Norse forkasta), Middle English skirpen (“to reject, spew out”) (from Old Norse skirpa (“to reject, spit out”)), Middle English wernen (“to refuse, reject”) (from Old English wiernan (“to refuse, reject”)), Middle English withchosen, withchesen (“to reject, choose against”) (from Old English wiþċēosan (“to reject”)).
- (verb) enPR: rĭjĕkt', IPA: /rɪˈdʒɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /rI"dZEkt/
- (noun) enPR: rē'jĕkt, IPA: /ˈriːdʒɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /"ri:dZEkt/
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- Rhymes: -ɛkt
- (transitive) to refuse to accept
- She even rejected my improved offer.
- (sports) to block a shot, especially if it sends the ball off the court.
reject (plural rejects)