dis·​gorge (ˌ)dis-ˈgȯrj How to pronounce disgorge (audio)
disgorged; disgorging; disgorges

transitive verb

: to discharge by the throat and mouth : vomit
Like llamas, which disgorge stomach juices to show pique or displeasure, many animals spew fluids from their mouths, and for a variety of reasons.Noel Vietmeyer
: to discharge or let go of rapidly or forcefully
The train disgorged its passengers.
Low-flying planes disgorged wave after wave of para-troopers.Michael Dobbs
Customers arrive in human waves, sometimes disgorged fifty at a time from their tour buses …Barbara Ehrenreich
: to give up or reveal (something) on request or under pressure
The Times was threatened with its $5,000-a-day fine if it failed to obey a court order in New Jersey to disgorge the name of one of its news sources …The New York Sun
… the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 5 ordered a … salesman to disgorge about $468,000 he had earned by defrauding Iowa banks that were his customers.The National Law Journal
: to remove (sediment) from (a bottle of sparkling wine) after secondary fermentation in the bottle is complete
The bottles are gently turned daily for about six weeks until they are almost upside down in the rack. Then the sediment, concentrated in the neck of the bottle, is disgorged.Leslie Martin

intransitive verb

: to discharge contents
where the river disgorges into the sea

Examples of disgorge in a Sentence

We watched the airplane disgorging its passengers at the gate. The damaged ship disgorged thousands of gallons of oil into the bay. The river disgorges into the ocean just south of the city.
Recent Examples on the Web Local news outlets say A.I. operations like BNN are leeches: stealing intellectual property by disgorging journalists’ work, then monetizing the theft by gaming search algorithms to raise their profile among advertisers. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, 6 June 2024 News commentators were fervent on the subject of insider trading; editorials in the Times were thunderous; the SEC ordered one arbitrageur to disgorge $50 million in fines, and another pleaded guilty to felony charges. Emily Harnett, Harper's Magazine, 26 Apr. 2024 Many books on noise mention the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa, which, in August, 1883, disgorged what is commonly called the loudest sound in modern history. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 The Bella Union Hotel, standing a few yards northeast of the present Los Angeles City Hall, was where the Butterfield stage stopped to disgorge its passengers. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Rapidly disgorging secrets, the eight-episode opening salvo effectively plants a hook for many more problems to come. Brian Lowry, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 Buses and taxis heave to a stop at busy intersections, disgorging crowds of commuters. Ayen Deng Bior, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Mar. 2024 Tour buses regularly choke Wale Street to disgorge passengers for quick selfies or to sample koeksisters, plump pastries steeped in cardamom and dusted with coconut. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 This wine spends 44 months on lees and was just disgorged a few months back, giving some lovely brioche toastiness. Jeanne O'Brien Coffey, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Middle French desgorger, from des- dis- + gorge gorge

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of disgorge was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Disgorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgorge. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​gorge (ˈ)dis-ˈgȯ(ə)rj How to pronounce disgorge (audio)
: to cause to come out violently or forcefully
the volcano disgorged lava

Legal Definition


transitive verb
dis·​gorge dis-ˈgȯrj How to pronounce disgorge (audio)
disgorged; disgorging
: to give up (as illegally gained profits) on request, under pressure, or by court order especially to prevent unjust enrichment
ordered a…salesman to disgorge about $468,000 he had earned by defrauding Iowa banksNational Law Journal
disgorgement noun
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