dis·gorge | \(ˌ)dis-ˈgȯrj \

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 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 In El Paso, a DHS bus pulled up outside Casa Vides, a shelter for migrants, on Sunday afternoon and disgorged about 30 people who had been held on misdemeanor immigration charges until the charges were dropped Thursday and Friday. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 24 June 2018 With each erosion of individual liberties, with every election gone awry, the commentariat disgorges a fresh flotilla of analyses of the world’s ailments and favored prescriptions for fixing them. Steven Rattner, New York Times, "Dambisa Moyo’s Proposals for Saving Democracy," 7 June 2018 Black Suburbans disgorged luminaries onto the sidewalk along Exposition Park Drive, in the shadow of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 The suit seeks damages against the individuals on behalf of the company, for example, asking that executives and directors be required to disgorge financial benefits from stock transactions and performance bonuses. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Lawsuit claims AMC lied about mergers, burdening its stock with a ‘liar’s discount’ | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Brokers who self-report will not face fines but will be required to 'disgorge' excess commissions back to the clients. Stewart Welch, AL.com, "Is Your Stock Broker in Trouble with the Law?," 3 May 2018 Wines to be served: Movia Puro Sparking Rose disgorged tableside, Movia Pinot Grigio, COS Pithos Blanco, Movia Ribolla, COS Pithos Rosso, Movia Veliko Rosso and COS Frappato. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Progressive bike-wine ride in Cleveland, special Urban Farmer wine event, Pinot Noir battle, more," 3 Apr. 2018 The ceiling of the downstairs loo had flapped open and disgorged a pint of rainwater. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "It Takes a Cast of Characters to Renovate a Historic London Home," 14 Feb. 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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