V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to get rid of something unwanted or burdensome; 2. to reject something

Synonyms: abandon, cast off, discard, expel, unload, eliminate

Antonyms: keep, retain

Tips: Jettison is a sailing term that literally means "throw off the ship." Jettison is used figuratively to describe discarding anything unnecessary. In business, you can state "intent to jettison plans" to somewhat dramatically emphasize rejection of them. This is a way of saying "toss out" with emphasis.

Usage Examples:

As ratings dropped, the TV station jettisoned educational broadcasts. (abandoned, eliminated)

Seawater filled the ship so rapidly that the sailors began to frantically jettison unnecessary items. (unload, cast off)

We had to jettison 10 slides from our presentation to meet the allotted 30 minute time limit. (discard, eliminate)

We were forced to jettison some of our ideas when it became clear that our plans were too elaborate. (abandon, eliminate)

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