Definition of dislocate
1 : to put out of place; specifically : to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone
2 : to force a change in the usual status, relationship, or order of : disrupt
Examples of dislocate in a Sentence
She fell and dislocated her shoulder.
The new hotel will dislocate several businesses.
Thousands of workers have been dislocated by the latest economic crisis.
Recent Examples of dislocate from the Web
Salloi was only in the match because Sporting KC leading scorer Fernandes departed in the 35th minute after dislocating his shoulder.
Olive Wilde, who plays Smith’s love interest, Julia, dislocated her rib, split her lip and broke her tailbone.
The play is off limits to children under 13, for good reason; during the previews, Sturridge broke his nose and Wilde broke her tailbone and dislocated a rib, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Wilde also dislocated her rib and split her lip during previews, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The victim also believed her shoulder might be dislocated, the report says.
And tight end Dennis Pitta, who was released by the team on June 7 after dislocating his right hip for the third time in four years, showed up at practice using crutches.
Ravens tight end Nick Boyle was as stunned as everyone else when starter Dennis Pitta reached to make a catch during an organized team activity a week ago and dislocated his right hip for the third time in four years.
One legend told by a physician has it that Amazons dislocated the joints of their male offspring in early childhood — at the knees and hips — so the males would be lame and incapable of revolution.
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Origin and Etymology of dislocate
Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare, from Latin dis- + locare to locate
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
DISLOCATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dislocate for English Language Learners
medical : to move (a bone) out of its normal location or position in a joint
: to force (someone or something) to move from a place or position
: to cause (a business, system, etc.) to change in some major way : to stop (something) from functioning as it used to function
DISLOCATE Defined for Kids
Definition of dislocate for Students
: to displace a bone from its normal connections with another bone
Medical Definition of dislocate
: to put (a body part) out of order by displacing a bone from its normal connections with another bone he dislocated his shoulder; also : to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone the humerus was dislocated in the fall
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