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 formsnon·e·ject·ing, adjectivere·e·ject, verb (used with object)un·e·ject·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for eject

Contemporary Examples of eject

Historical Examples of eject

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for eject



(tr) to drive or force out; expel or emit
(tr) to compel (a person) to leave; evict; dispossess
(tr) to dismiss, as from office
(intr) to leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule
(tr) psychiatry to attribute (one's own motivations and characteristics) to others
Derived Formsejection, noun

Word Origin for eject

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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