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[ih-jekt] /ɪˈdʒɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to drive or force out; expel, as from a place or position:
The police ejected the hecklers from the meeting.
to dismiss, as from office or occupancy.
to evict, as from property.
to throw out, as from within; throw off.
verb (used without object)
to propel oneself from a damaged or malfunctioning airplane, as by an ejection seat:
When the plane caught fire, the pilot ejected.
Origin of eject
1545-55; < Latin ējectus (past participle of ējicere) thrown out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + jec- (combining form of jacere) throw + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
nonejecting, adjective
reeject, verb (used with object)
unejected, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eject
  • But it said no decision had been made on whether the craft would have the capacity to eject the crew safely in an emergency.
  • It serves to eject an electron from an atom's outer shell.
  • He also noted that the press club has the right to eject members.
  • It would be good if bouncers knew how to eject troublemakers without landing them in hospital, of course.
  • Then they eject the lighted cigarette, filter tip first.
  • He described it as the time needed to eject the first shell and reload the pump-action shotgun.
  • Direct contact of molten lava with water or ice also leads to explosions which eject fine dust.
  • The flight program required him to eject from his craft after reentering the atmosphere and land separately by his own parachute.
  • Something else must have happened in order to eject her off the flight.
  • Create a vessel that would eject small atomic bombs from its rear.
British Dictionary definitions for eject


(transitive) to drive or force out; expel or emit
(transitive) to compel (a person) to leave; evict; dispossess
(transitive) to dismiss, as from office
(intransitive) to leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule
(transitive) (psychiatry) to attribute (one's own motivations and characteristics) to others
Derived Forms
ejection, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ejicere, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for eject

mid-15c., from Latin eiectus "thrown out," past participle of eicere "throw out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -icere, comb. form of iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Related: Ejected; ejecting.

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