dis·lo·cate | \ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt, -lə-;(ˌ)dis-ˈlō-\

Definition of dislocate 

transitive verb

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

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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.
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The report cited military operations in Rakhine State that dislocated hundreds of thousands of minority ethnic groups, especially Rohingya Muslims. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "State Department decries institutionalization of children," 28 June 2018 The music Jack Torrey and Page Burkum make has a dislocating effect as well, to an era in which brothers named Everly and Louvin were harmonizing to thrilling effect. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 20 Apr. 2018 Then, last fall, Anzalone dislocated the shoulder again just four games into his first NFL season with the New Orleans Saints. Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com, "Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone confident shoulder issues are behind him," 31 May 2018 Bouna Sarr dislocated his should in the semi-finals but is expected to be fit. SI.com, "Europa League Final Preview: Recent Form, Classic Encounter, Team News & More," 15 May 2018 In front of thousands of people on the Augusta National grounds and millions more watching (and groaning) on television, Tony Finau dislocated his ankle and, in a rush of pure adrenaline, set it back in place in seconds on Wednesday. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "After ugly injury, Finau shocks at Masters with opening 68," 5 Apr. 2018 Hendrix acknowledged the challenges that being dislocated from Kingwood High School due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Kingwood Lady Mustangs aim even higher in 2018," 27 Jan. 2018 Perhaps the Rockets will be able to keep Luc Mbah a Moute, who remains a free agent and was a key piece last year — one that missed virtually all of the West finals after dislocating his shoulder twice. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Free agency has altered the Western Conference, but not enough to seriously threaten the Warriors," 5 July 2018 Finau dislocated his left ankle celebrating a hole-in-one in Wednesday's Par-3 competition, but managed to play with the injury all weekend. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "Golfer Tony Finau shares photos of badly injured ankle suffered in Masters Par-3 competition," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dislocate

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dislocate

Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare, from Latin dis- + locare to locate

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English Language Learners Definition of dislocate

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


dis·lo·cate | \ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt, dis-ˈlō-\
dislocated; dislocating

Kids Definition of dislocate

: to displace a bone from its normal connections with another bone


transitive verb
dis·lo·cate | \ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt, -lə-; (ˈ)dis-ˈlō-ˌkāt \
dislocated; dislocating

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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