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

Example Sentences

The machine automatically ejected the CD. The pilot ejected when his plane caught fire.
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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 27 May. 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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