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re·ject • v. / riˈjekt/ [tr.] dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one's taste: union negotiators rejected a 1.5 percent pay increase. ∎  refuse to agree to (a request): an application to hold a pop concert at the club was rejected. ∎  fail to show due affection or concern for (someone); rebuff: she didn't want him to feel he had been rejected after his sister was born. ∎  Med. show an immune response to (a transplanted organ or tissue) so that it fails to survive.• n. / ˈrēˌjekt/ a person or thing dismissed as failing to meet standards or satisfy tastes: some of the team's rejects have gone on to prove themselves in championships.DERIVATIVES: re·ject·ee / riˌjekˈtē; ˌrē-/·jec·tion / riˈjekshən/·jec·tive / riˈjektiv/ adj. ( rare ).re·jec·tor / -tər/ n.

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