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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 e-, combining form of ex- (out), + iaciō (to throw).[1] The noun sense in psychology was coined by W. K. Clifford.


  • enPR: ĭ-jĕktʹ, ēʹjĕkt, IPA(key): /ɪˈdʒɛkt/, /ˈiː.dʒɛkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

Usage notesEdit

The physiological sense always uses pronunciation stressed on the first syllable (IPA(key): /iː.dʒɛkt/); either pronunciation is used for the other senses.


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.
    • 2012, August 1. Peter Walker and Haroon Siddique in Guardian Unlimited, Eight Olympic badminton players disqualified for 'throwing games'
      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.
    The man started a fight and was ejected from the bar.
    Andrew was ejected from his apartment for not paying the rent.
  2. (transitive) To throw out or remove forcefully.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[1], 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.
    In other news, a Montreal man was ejected from his car when he was involved in an accident.
  3. (US, transitive) To compel (a sports player) to leave the field because of inappropriate behaviour.
  4. (intransitive) To project oneself from an aircraft.
    The pilot lost control of the plane and had to eject.
  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.


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eject (countable and uncountable, plural ejects)

  1. (psychology, countable) (by analogy with subject and object) an inferred object of someone else's consciousness

Usage notesEdit

  • Eject in sense 1 is used without an article, and is often capitalised ("press EJECT") as it is marked on many such buttons, or enclosed in quotation marks ("press 'eject'").


  1. ^ eject”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.