\ i-ˈjekt How to pronounce eject (audio) \
ejected; ejecting; ejects

Definition of eject

transitive verb

1a : to throw out especially by physical force, authority, or influence ejected the player from the game
b : to evict from property
2 : to throw out or off from within ejects the empty cartridges

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Other Words from eject

ejectable \ i-​ˈjek-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce eject (audio) \ adjective
ejection \ i-​ˈjek-​shən How to pronounce eject (audio) \ noun
ejective \ i-​ˈjek-​tiv How to pronounce eject (audio) \ 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 referees halted the game and called in security officers, who appeared to eject the fan from State Farm Arena. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, "James jaws with Atlanta fans, leads Lakers past Hawks 107-99," 1 Feb. 2021 German main battle tanks tend to sacrifice armor in favor of mobility, a Cold War consideration that saw the tanks being used for rapid counter attacks to eject the Soviet Army from German soil. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain, France, and Germany Might Build a Super 'Eurotank'," 13 Jan. 2021 Push the button again to eject the cork from the device. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Tools to upgrade your home bar," 5 Jan. 2021 The automatic loading process usually involves recycling some of the gun’s gunpowder gases or momentum and using it to eject the empty cartridge and load a new one. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Guide to Every Type of Gun," 24 Dec. 2020 In an extraordinary example of presidential meddling in the military discipline process, Trump reversed the demotion and blocked an effort to eject him from his elite SEAL unit. Los Angeles Times, "Trump pardon of Blackwater killers sparks outrage in Iraq," 23 Dec. 2020 In 1963, flying the experimental Lockheed Starfighter at more than twice the speed of sound, Yeager lost control and had to eject moments before the plane crashed. Derek Wallbank, Bloomberg.com, "Chuck Yeager, U.S. Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier, Dies at 97," 8 Dec. 2020 Voting stalled for several minutes Saturday afternoon at the Tarrant County College South Campus in Fort Worth when poll workers tried to eject a voter who refused to wear a mask. Jared Weber, Dallas News, "D-FW polls are sanitized and distanced, but some voters refuse to wear masks in 2nd week of early voting," 22 Oct. 2020 Because of their isolation, single-world systems would have no planets to eject. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Rogue Rocky Planet Found Adrift in the Milky Way," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of eject

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

History and Etymology for eject

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

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

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“Eject.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eject. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of eject

: to force (someone) to leave
: to push (something) out
: to use a special device that throws you out and away from an airplane in an emergency : to use an ejection seat


\ i-ˈjekt How to pronounce eject (audio) \
ejected; ejecting

Kids Definition of eject

: to force or push out He was ejected from the meeting. The machine ejected the tape.
\ i-ˈjekt How to pronounce eject (audio) \

Medical Definition of eject

: to force out or expel from within blood ejected from the heart— S. F. Mason

Other Words from eject

ejection \ -​ˈjek-​shən How to pronounce eject (audio) \ noun

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