verb dis·lo·cate \ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt, -lə-; (ˌ)dis-ˈlō-\

medical : to move (a bone) out of its normal location or position in a joint

: to force (someone or something) to move from a place or position

: to cause (a business, system, etc.) to change in some major way : to stop (something) from functioning as it used to function

Full Definition of DISLOCATE

transitive verb
:  to put out of place; specifically :  to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone
:  to force a change in the usual status, relationship, or order of :  disrupt

Examples of DISLOCATE

  1. She fell and dislocated her shoulder.
  2. The new hotel will dislocate several businesses.
  3. Thousands of workers have been dislocated by the latest economic crisis.


Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare, from Latin dis- + locare to locate
First Known Use: 1601

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DISLOCATING Defined for Kids


verb dis·lo·cate \ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt, dis-ˈlō-\

Definition of DISLOCATE for Kids

:  to displace a bone from its normal connections with another bone
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb dis·lo·cate \ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt, -lə-; (ˈ)dis-ˈlō-ˌkāt\

Medical Definition of DISLOCATE

:  to put (a body part) out of order by displacing a bone from its normal connections with another bone <he dislocated his shoulder>; also :  to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone <the humerus was dislocated in the fall>


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