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

Definition of disgorge

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : 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
3 : 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
4 : 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Detroit is asking the judge to disgorge any money that lawyers have collected through a post-election fundraising campaign. BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2021 The tip of each one could disgorge three separate warheads, each with a yield ten times higher than that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, on three different targets. The Economist, 22 Feb. 2021 Every five or six days, one of my six mushroom kits would disgorge a pile of fleshy appendages, always faster than seemed reasonable. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2021 The surge in pro-Hegar ads coincided with the disclosure this week that Silicon Valley billionaires are using the Future Forward super PAC, with four other Democratic groups assisting, to disgorge $28 million for TV ads to help Hegar. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 23 Oct. 2020 The feeling was sucked out, the bare facts remaining, like the fibre disgorged by the juicer. Kate Folk, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2020 Subway trains clattered along their tracks, their doors squealing open to disgorge crowds of passengers. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Apr. 2020 Piers where cruise ships normally dock, disgorging tourists by the thousands, remain empty. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2020 The attorney general’s lawsuit seeks to disgorge profits from the scheme, unspecified civil penalties, and restitution to victims. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Dec. 2019

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

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“Disgorge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disgorge. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce disgorge (audio) \
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

Other Words from disgorge

disgorgement noun


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