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-/ n.re·jec·tion / riˈjekshən/ n.re·jec·tive / riˈjektiv/ adj. ( rare ).re·jec·tor / -tər/ n.