bull·​doze | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz also ˈbəl- How to pronounce bulldoze (audio) \
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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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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Several aging toddler attractions at Disney California Adventure Park could be bulldozed in the next year or so to make way for an expansion based on some of the world's most popular fictional characters. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Disney's California Adventure expansion will feature Marvel superheroes. Just don't call it 'Marvel Land'," 6 Apr. 2018 In the city center, developers have bulldozed colonial-era buildings (and the preservation laws that protect them) to put up spindly high-rises. Maya Jasanoff, WSJ, "‘The Epic City’ Review: From Calcutta to Kolkata," 23 Mar. 2018 If Raul was an intelligent poacher up front, Drogba was a bulldozing monster. SI.com, "The 50 Greatest Footballers Who Never Won the World Cup," 2 July 2019 The city didn’t knock down homes that had residents, but in some cases, the policy meant the city was bulldozing homes that people of color had bought as investment property with hopes of renovating and improving down the line. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Pete Buttigieg and the controversy around racial tensions in South Bend, explained," 27 June 2019 New England lost not only Gronkowski, but also Dwayne Allen, as the bulldozing blocker signed with the Dolphins, and Jacob Hollister, who was traded to the Seahawks. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Who replaces Gronkowski? Here are the Patriots’ possibilities," 24 June 2019 The old tenement buildings were to be bulldozed and turned into a mixed-use, high-end retail and residential complex. Antony Dapiran, CNN, "City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity," 14 June 2019 Except that strategy has backfired through four games, and Toronto is bulldozing whoever Golden State throws out on the floor. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Warriors Have Done Kevin Durant No Favors in NBA Finals," 9 June 2019 Having bulldozed the opposition, perhaps Mr Modi will now feel emboldened not to copy it. The Economist, "In its second term, will India’s ruling coalition be bolder about reform?," 8 June 2019

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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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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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