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 At sunset the tour buses start arriving and disgorging Chinese retirees into the parking lot. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 At the rear of the facility, waves of semi trucks backed up to a long row of loading docks, some disgorging crates of new merchandise and others filling up with outbound packages. Wired, "Meet the Immigrants Who Took On Amazon," 12 Nov. 2019 But on the south, a deep, wide ditch just outside the city’s wall kept the siege towers from closing to disgorge their cargoes of armed men. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archeologists confirm near-legendary tale of crusaders’ siege of Jerusalem," 24 July 2019 Daubenspeck agreed to settle the case without admitting or denying wrongdoing, disgorge his profits and pay a $111,472 civil penalty and $17,586 in pretrial interest, according to a news release from the SEC. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "SEC lawsuit alleges insider information on Ulta Beauty was used to net $100,000-plus in stock gains," 6 Sep. 2019 Admittedly there is the complex matter of flying, and the fact that so many planes disgorge crowds onto overpopulated places like the beaches of Bali. Juliet Kinsman, Condé Nast Traveler, "With 1.4 Billion People Traveling, It's Time to Rethink Tourism," 22 Aug. 2019 Because sediment is not disgorged, the wine is slightly cloudy. Ellen Bhang, BostonGlobe.com, "Fizzy summer wines offer lighthearted refreshment," 29 July 2019 Overhead, antique biplanes executed somersaults, trailing exhaust in the national colors of white, red, and green as jets disgorged paratroopers onto the city below. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 Today international cruise ships disgorge crowds onto tour buses that make a beeline for Delphi. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 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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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
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

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disgorgement noun

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