Definition of eject in English:

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Pronunciation: /ēˈjekt/


[with object]
1Force or throw (something) out, typically in a violent or sudden way: many types of rock are ejected from volcanoes as solid, fragmentary material
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  • ‘The driver and a backseat passenger of the car were not thought to be wearing seatbelts, and one of the occupants was ejected from the vehicle,’.
  • He said: ‘As the plane taxied along the remotest part of the runway, the six suitcases were ejected from the hatch in the belly of the aeroplane on to the tarmac.’
  • When an obnoxious youth was vigorously ejected from the swing doors of the saloon to sprawl in the snow, the scene was complete.
1.1Cause (something) to drop out or be removed, usually mechanically: he ejected the spent cartridge
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  • When installation is complete, the machine will eject the CD.
  • This ejects the spent cartridges, permitting new rounds to be inserted.
  • Spent casings were ejected cleanly and unmarred.
1.2 [no object] (Of a pilot) escape from an aircraft by being explosively propelled out of it: he flew to open sea, put the plane in a nosedive, and ejected
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  • The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and was recovered by coalition ground forces near the airport.
  • Thankfully both the pilot and the navigator ejected safely.
  • The plane apparently developed engine trouble shortly after take-off and the pilot and co-pilot ejected safely from the plane.
bail out, escape, get out
1.3Compel (someone) to leave a place: angry supporters were forcibly ejected from the court
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  • She had been at the concert as well but had arrived late and saw Mr Kennedy for only 10 minutes before he was ejected from the theatre.
  • It goes without saying if we are ejected from the site alternative premises would have to be found in the area.
  • He sustained a broken cheek bone after he was forcibly ejected from the establishment.
expel, throw out, turn out, cast out, remove, oust;
informal kick out, boot out, chuck out, give someone the bum's rush
1.4Dismiss (someone), especially from political office: he was ejected from office in July
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  • The president was forcibly ejected from his office March 24th, when protesters stormed the presidential building.
  • Furthermore, if the economy continues to falter, it is still possible that the president will be ejected from office in next year's elections.
  • As well as scrapping the ancient office of Lord Chancellor, the Bill ejects the law lords from the upper chamber and establishes a Judicial Appointments Commission.
dismiss, remove, discharge, oust, expel, ax, throw out, force out, drive out
informal sack, fire, send packing, boot out, kick out, chuck out, give someone their marching orders, show someone the door
1.5Emit; give off: plants utilize carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that animals eject (as adjective ejected) ejected electrons
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  • An electron would be ejected because one of these quanta had collided with it and given up all its energy.
  • Circularly polarized x rays preferentially eject electrons from atoms magnetically aligned with the polarization axis.
  • Beta ‘rays’ are actually electrons ejected from decaying neutrons, and are now more often referred to as Beta emission or Beta particles.


Late Middle English: from Latin eject- 'thrown out', from the verb eicere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + jacere 'to throw'.

Words that rhyme with eject

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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Syllabification: e·ject

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