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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
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  • Theirs is a fool's paradise from which I could eject them at any moment; but I will not—not just yet.

    Victor's Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • It derives its name from an odor which it is able to eject, which smells not unlike that of the fox.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • So I should be able to move the whole unit into the cargo lock and eject it from there.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • But I can eject the torpedo from the tube, and perhaps the others.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • He sat watching the toad all night, but the toad did not eject anything.

    More Science From an Easy Chair

    Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
  • The door was opened by the man who had helped to eject Spicer.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
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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