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 Similarly, the Lake Course designers didn’t try to bulldoze the fairways level enough to prevent seasickness. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2021 Municipal officials can quickly seize and bulldoze homes to clear land for new trees and paths, offering compensation in return. New York Times, 1 June 2021 Early in the season, Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno were the Wild's best line, a pesky trio that flexed its size and strength to bulldoze a path to the net. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 The Brewers have won seven of nine games and are now perched two games out of first place, Christian Yelich healthy and aces Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes ready to bulldoze opponents. USA Today, 31 May 2021 The book re-creates the lush tropicality of north-central Florida in the 1930s and 1940s, before developers began to bulldoze over its natural wonders. Mary Ann Gwinn Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Trump did his best to bulldoze Biden and his family while Biden simply appealed to the idealism of America’s soul. Philip Elliott, Time, 26 Mar. 2021 Clarice’s ability to bulldoze institutional obstacles with her powers of observation is another positive trait for the show. Sean T. Collins, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 In past years, state officials have allowed property owners to bulldoze large amounts of sand up to the front of their homes in preparation for seasonal threats, a practice that scientists say may also harm the beach. Sophie Cocke, ProPublica, 5 Dec. 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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16 Jun 2021

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“Bulldoze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldoze. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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