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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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 program offers lenient penalties and limited prosecution to companies that self-report wrongdoing under the FCPA, cooperate with government investigators, strengthen compliance practices and disgorge profit. Michael Dabaie, WSJ, "Fresenius to Pay More Than $231 Million to Resolve Foreign Corruption Probe," 29 Mar. 2019 Tour buses pull up at a visitors’ plaza here, disgorging passengers who gawk at the view while buying souvenirs and snacks. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 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

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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

somewhat formal : 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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