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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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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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 The remains of the six-pump service station were bulldozed in June 1981 to make room for growth. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "6 fun things about Pier 66 you probably didn't know," 6 July 2018 Contractors are bulldozing an alternative escape route through the adjacent Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "New evacuations ordered on Hawaii's Big Island as lava flows from volcano threaten roads, destroy homes," 1 June 2018 Just as the group's other game had been, the fixture was played at the Sarria Stadium in Barcelona, home to Espanyol until it was bulldozed in 1997. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 9 Weeks to Go - Remembering the Iconic 1982 Showdown Between Italy & Brazil," 20 Apr. 2018 And what comes bulldozing through is riot footage that’s meant to connect Houston to her upbringing in Newark. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: ‘Whitney,’ a Pop Music Tragedy, Is Sad, Strange and Dismaying," 5 July 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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