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dislocate

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

Simple Definition of dislocate

  • 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dislocate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to put out of place; specifically :  to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone

  3. 2 :  to force a change in the usual status, relationship, or order of :  disrupt

Examples of dislocate in a sentence

  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.



Origin and Etymology of dislocate

Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare, from Latin dis- + locare to locate


First Known Use: 1601


DISLOCATE Defined for Kids

dislocate

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

Definition of dislocate for Students

dislocated

dislocating

  1. :  to displace a bone from its normal connections with another bone




Medical Dictionary

dislocate

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

Medical Definition of dislocate

dislocated

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dislocating

  1. :  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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