bull·​doze | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz How to pronounce bulldoze (audio) also ˈbəl- \
bulldozed; bulldozing; bulldozes

Definition of bulldoze

transitive verb

1 : to coerce or restrain by threats : bully
2 : to move, clear, gouge out, or level off by pushing with or as if with a bulldozer
3 : to force insensitively or ruthlessly

intransitive verb

1 : to operate a bulldozer
2 : to force one's way like a bulldozer

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Choose the Right Synonym for bulldoze

intimidate, cow, bulldoze, bully, browbeat mean to frighten into submission. intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another. intimidated by so many other bright freshmen cow implies reduction to a state where the spirit is broken or all courage is lost. not at all cowed by the odds against making it in show business bulldoze implies an intimidating or an overcoming of resistance usually by urgings, demands, or threats. bulldozed the city council into approving the plan bully implies intimidation through threats, insults, or aggressive behavior. bullied into giving up their lunch money browbeat implies a cowing through arrogant, scornful, or contemptuous treatment. browbeat the witness into a contradiction

Examples of bulldoze in a Sentence

The crew is bulldozing the trees. They bulldozed a road through the hills. The governor bulldozed the law through the legislature.
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Recent Examples on the Web But the world is learning that China does not just move mountains for new dams or bulldoze ancient neighborhoods that stand in the path of high-speed rail. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "China’s Government Is Like Something out of 1984," 20 Feb. 2020 But government experts also raised alarm about a potential conflict of interest for the bill's author, whose family was once cited for bulldozing wetlands. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana lawmakers have less than 10 days to make a decision on these environmental bills," 5 Mar. 2020 In 2015, the Islamic State group shocked the world by bulldozing most of the 3,000-year-old Iraqi city of Nimrud, part of a campaign of destruction that included sites across Iraq and Syria. Steven Litt, cleveland, "President Trump’s threat to attack Iranian cultural sites quickly condemned by U.S. museum leaders," 7 Jan. 2020 But the state agency later dropped plans for the retention pond — after bulldozing the houses. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Casselberry seizes shopping center through eminent domain. Owner says $800K isn’t enough, asks for more.," 5 Dec. 2019 Steve Baker talks about bulldozing the House of Commons into the Thames. The Economist, "British politics goes into the upside down," 5 Sep. 2019 There is something haunting, too, about the fact that the entire area was made possible by bulldozing nearly all of a once-thriving neighborhood. Anthony Flint, BostonGlobe.com, "Learning to love the world’s ugliest building," 1 July 2019 Then the April wedding to mark our 5-year anniversary was bulldozed by a once-in-a-lifetime global crisis. Zach Wade, CNN, "We nixed our wedding to protect our friends and then they surprised us with one," 25 Apr. 2020 In the last month, Trump has bulldozed past questions at nightly briefings about supply shortages and the lack of U.S. testing, even as some hospitals in New York City were overrun and the death toll spiked. Eli Stokols, Los Angeles Times, "Trump and Biden clash over China in dueling ads," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bulldoze

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bulldoze

perhaps from bull entry 1 + alteration of dose

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The first known use of bulldoze was in 1876

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7 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bulldoze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldoze. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bulldoze

: to use a bulldozer to move, destroy, or knock down (something)
: to create (something, such as a road) by using a bulldozer
: to force (something that others might not want to happen) to be done or accepted in an aggressive or harsh way

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