dis·​gorge | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈgȯrj \
disgorged; disgorging; disgorges

Definition of disgorge

transitive verb

1a : to discharge by the throat and mouth : vomit
b : to discharge or let go of rapidly or forcefully the train disgorged its passengers
c : to give up on request or under pressure refused to disgorge his ill-gotten gains
2 : to discharge the contents of (the stomach, mouth, etc.)

intransitive verb

: to discharge contents where the river disgorges into the sea

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Synonyms for disgorge


belch, eject, eruct, erupt, expel, jet, spew, spout, spurt

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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.
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The 390-foot-long ship is an older tank-landing ship, designed to run up on enemy coastlines and disgorge 10 tanks or 500 tons of cargo. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China’s Railgun Has Reportedly Gone to Sea," 31 Dec. 2018 The company will disgorge $27.6 million of gains related to the deals plus $6.9 million interest. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Legg Mason to Pay SEC More Than $34 Million to Settle Libya Bribery Case," 27 Aug. 2018 When a plane opens its flap and disgorges a giant metal container of packages (called a can) onto a scissor lift, a team of five drags it onto a four-car cart called a tug, which chugs forward one platform for the next can. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 The company also agreed to disgorge another $20.3 million as part of a deal with the Justice Department, which, along with the SEC, enforces the U.S. anti-foreign-bribery law. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Plantronics Unit Agrees to Pay $36 Million in FCPA Settlement," 26 Dec. 2018 Under a settlement with the SEC, Mayweather will disgorge his $300,000 in earnings to the SEC, as well as a $300,000 penalty and interest. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Floyd Mayweather fined $600,000 for undisclosed cryptocurrency plugs," 29 Nov. 2018 There may be pricier truffles and treats in this world, covered in gold flakes or disgorged from a goose's belly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 Here's a Russian Zubr involved in an amphibious exercise, disgorging Russian marines and BTR-82 infantry fighting vehicles on the beachhead. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Buying Giant Attack Hovercraft From Russia," 24 Dec. 2015 The plans call for some kind of air component — fighter jets will most likely be buzzing the Capitol and helicopters will disgorge troops. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "Everyone Loves a Parade. Especially When It’s on a Military Base.," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of disgorge

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

History and Etymology for disgorge

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

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English Language Learners Definition of disgorge

: to empty whatever is in the stomach through the mouth

: to let out or release (something)

: to flow out


transitive verb
dis·​gorge | \ dis-ˈgȯrj \
disgorged; disgorging

Legal Definition of disgorge

: 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

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disgorgement noun

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