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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French éjecter, from Latin ēiectus, perfect passive participle of ēiciō (to throw out), or from ēiectō, the frequentative form of the same verb, from ē-, combining form of ex (out), + iaciō (to throw).[1]


  • enPR: ĭ-jĕktʹ, IPA(key): /ɪˈd͡ʒɛkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkt


eject (third-person singular simple present ejects, present participle ejecting, simple past and past participle ejected)

  1. (transitive) To compel (a person or persons) to leave.
    The man started a fight and was ejected from the bar.
    Andrew was ejected from his apartment for not paying the rent.
    • 2012 August 1, Peter Walker, Haroon Siddique, Eight Olympic badminton players disqualified for 'throwing games'[1], Guardian Unlimited:
      Four pairs of women's doubles badminton players, including the Chinese top seeds, have been ejected from the Olympic tournament for trying to throw matches in an effort to secure a more favourable quarter-final draw.
  2. (transitive) To throw out or remove forcefully.
    In other news, a Montreal man was ejected from his car when he was involved in an accident.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[2], volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic the way real kidneys cleanse blood and eject impurities and surplus water as urine.
  3. (US, transitive) To compel (a sports player) to leave the field because of inappropriate behaviour.
  4. (usually intransitive) To forcefully project oneself or another occupant from an aircraft (or, rarely, another type of vehicle), typically using an ejection seat or escape capsule.
    The pilot lost control of the plane and had to eject.
    As the crippled jet spiralled down, the pilot pulled the escape handle, ejecting first his rear-seater, then himself.
  5. (transitive) To cause (something) to come out of a machine.
    Press that button to eject the video tape.
  6. (intransitive) To come out of a machine.
    I can't get this cassette to eject.
  • (forcefully project (oneself or others) from an aircraft): bail out
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin ēiectum ((that which is) thrown out), from ēiciō (to throw out) (see Etymology 1). Coined by W. K. Clifford by analogy with subject and object.



eject (countable and uncountable, plural ejects)

  1. (psychology, countable) an inferred object of someone else's consciousness


  1. ^ eject”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.