bull·​doze ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz How to pronounce bulldoze (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
bulldozed; bulldozing; bulldozes

transitive verb

: to coerce or restrain by threats : bully
: to move, clear, gouge out, or level off by pushing with or as if with a bulldozer
: to force insensitively or ruthlessly

intransitive verb

: to operate a bulldozer
: to force one's way like a bulldozer
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But Trump bulldozed through their objections, dismissing or ignoring his critics. Susan Page, USA TODAY, 30 June 2024 Loading your audio article SAN JOSE — A big San Jose commercial complex with several merchants that include a furniture retailer, produce outlet and martial arts studio could be bulldozed to clear the way for a housing development. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 25 June 2024 Neighbors raised fears about the home potentially being bulldozed for athletic fields. Chase Jordan, Charlotte Observer, 5 June 2024 Many of Bronzeville’s jazz clubs closed when the city bulldozed much of Walnut Street and the surrounding neighborhood in the name of urban renewal and freeway construction. Sarah Volpenhein, Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for bulldoze 

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Word History


perhaps from bull entry 1 + alteration of dose

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of bulldoze was in 1876

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“Bulldoze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulldoze. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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bull·​doze ˈbu̇l-ˌdōz How to pronounce bulldoze (audio)
bulldozed; bulldozing
: to move, clear, or level with a bulldozer
: to force as if by using a bulldozer
bulldozed their way through the crowd

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