eject

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. ejaculation,
  2. ejaculator,
  3. ejaculatory,
  4. ejaculatory duct,
  5. ejaculatory incompetence,
  6. ejecta,
  7. ejection,
  8. ejection capsule,
  9. ejection fraction,
  10. ejection murmur

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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British Dictionary definitions for eject

eject

/ (ɪˈdʒɛkt) /

verb

(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

eject

v.

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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