Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you jettison something.)
To jettison something is to get rid of it by throwing it off your ship and into the water.
More generally, to jettison something is to get rid of it because it's in your way, or it's weighing you down.
Jettisoned, jettisoning, jettisonable.
(But "jettisonable" sounds awkward, doesn't it? Let me suggest "dispensable" instead.)
"Jettison" is also a noun meaning that act of throwing something out.
And "jetsam" is the stuff you've thrown out.
How to use it:
Talk about jettisoning a useless approach, jettisoning an unhelpful attitude, jettisoning an emotion or feeling, jettisoning a bad habit, jettisoning an old way of doing things, jettisoning your magazine subscriptions, jettisoning a player from the game, and so on.
Use "jettisoned" like an adjective to talk about things that were thrown out or canceled: a jettisoned policy, a jettisoned requirement, a jettisoned field trip.
This story would flow better if the author had jettisoned the boring subplots and focused on the main action only.
When you need to economize, your fancy phone service and digital TV service are probably the first to get jettisoned.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "jettison” means when you can explain it without saying “toss overboard" or “get rid of."
Think of a new and surprising experience you had, and fill in the blanks: "I had to jettison all my assumptions about ___ when ___."
Example: "I had to jettison all my assumptions about summer camp when I realized it was nothing at all like I'd read about in the Baby-Sitters Club books or watched in the movie The Parent Trap."
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A Point Well Made:
Shakespeare: “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove; O'no! It is an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken, it is the star to every wandering bark.”
1. The opposite of JETTISON is
2. It's so _____ to see him jettisoning his career ambitions.
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