bull·​doze | \ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz 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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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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The offensive line bullied the Rams in Week 5 and bulldozed the Raiders on Sunday, re-establishing the previously forsaken running game in the process. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "It’s too early to call the Seahawks good, but they might be good enough for the playoffs," 15 Oct. 2018 The deputy chief said the city would likely bulldoze the home given the extensive damage. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Mesa woman rescued after tree crashes onto home during storm," 9 July 2018 Instead of bulldozing through the competition like many expected, the Warriors were plagued by uninspired defense, silly turnovers and blown box-outs. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 The Trinity site was bulldozed for safety reasons in the early 1950s, so the researchers couldn't go out to the field to collect the material themselves. Mike Wall, Space.com, "First Atomic Blast Reveals Clues About Moon Formation," 8 Feb. 2017 James hit from outside, bulldozed his way through the lane and jammed all over the Warriors' vaunted defense. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Warriors survive Game 1 vs. Cavs after J.R. Smith's apparent blunder forced overtime," 31 May 2018 Carroll and his staff faced heavy backlash from fans and analysts for not handing the ball off to running back Marshawn Lynch, who many people believed could bulldoze his way to the game-winning touchdown. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Cliff Avril: Seahawks Began to Question Pete Carroll After Super Bowl XLIX," 27 May 2018 The property was sold and, in 1974, the new owner bulldozed the headstones. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Once forgotten, 'Old Colored Cemetery' turns into a place of honor," 23 June 2018 In the 1980s, Phoenix bulldozed the neighborhood to make way for airport expansion. Megan Janetsky, azcentral, "Phoenix's historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church gets a second chance," 21 June 2018

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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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