reject

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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)).

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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, 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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reject ‎(plural rejects)

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

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