verb bull·doze \ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz also ˈbəl-\

Definition of bulldoze

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to coerce or restrain by threats :  bully

  3. 2 :  to move, clear, gouge out, or level off by pushing with or as if with a bulldozer

  4. 3 :  to force insensitively or ruthlessly

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to operate a bulldozer

  7. 2 :  to force one's way like a bulldozer

Examples of bulldoze in a sentence

  1. The crew is bulldozing the trees.

  2. They bulldozed a road through the hills.

  3. The governor bulldozed the law through the legislature.

Origin and Etymology of bulldoze

perhaps from 1bull + alteration of dose

First Known Use: 1876

Synonym Discussion of 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

BULLDOZE Defined for English Language Learners


verb bull·doze \ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz also ˈbəl-\

Definition of bulldoze for English Language Learners

  • : 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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