ejected; ejecting; ejects

transitive verb

: to throw out especially by physical force, authority, or influence
ejected the player from the game
: to evict from property
: to throw out or off from within
ejects the empty cartridges
ejectable adjective
ejection noun
ejective adjective
Choose the Right Synonym for eject

eject, expel, oust, evict mean to drive or force out.

eject carries an especially strong implication of throwing or thrusting out from within as a physical action.

ejected an obnoxious patron from the bar

expel stresses a thrusting out or driving away especially permanently which need not be physical.

a student expelled from college

oust implies removal or dispossession by power of the law or by force or compulsion.

police ousted the squatters

evict chiefly applies to turning out of house and home.

evicted for nonpayment of rent

Examples of eject in a Sentence

The machine automatically ejected the CD. The pilot ejected when his plane caught fire.
Recent Examples on the Web The chair-throwing bobblehead comes from when Knight was ejected five minutes into the Hoosiers' 72-63 loss to Purdue on Feb. 23, 1985. Evan Frank, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Sep. 2023 Another was stuck in the locker room after being ejected. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2023 Fairview’s 46-6 win over Columbia also included several incidents, including a punch being thrown by a player, a fight in the stands leading to an injury and a player ejected for language aimed at an official. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2023 The lander, called Vikram, completed the precision maneuvers required to make a soft touchdown on the lunar surface after it was ejected from the propulsion module. Rhea Mogul, CNN, 24 Aug. 2023 Another passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Lesli Vega Bolanos, was partially ejected and died from her injuries on scene, police said. Lillian Boyd, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2023 Sosa, who entered in the sixth after Elvis Andrus was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, hit a three-run homer. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 20 Aug. 2023 The force of the collision sent the Honda spinning, ejecting one female passenger who died at the scene, KTLA reported. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 Starting running back Omar Murray was ejected in the first half after rushing six times for 31 yards. Graham Thomas, Arkansas Online, 26 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin ejectus, past participle of eicere, from e- + jacere

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of eject was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near eject

Cite this Entry

“Eject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eject. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to throw out especially by physical force or authority
ejected from the game
: to force off property
: to throw out or off from within
ejects the cassette
ejection noun

Medical Definition


transitive verb
: to force out or expel from within
blood ejected from the heartS. F. Mason
ejection noun

Legal Definition


transitive verb

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