dislocate

verb
dis·​lo·​cate | \ ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt How to pronounce dislocate (audio) , -lə-; (ˌ)dis-ˈlō- How to pronounce dislocate (audio) \
dislocated; dislocating; dislocates

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Several scuffles ensued, which led Rosenbaum to dislocate his shoulder. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Nov. 2021 Consider the game red rover, where one kid was invited/pressured to run into a chain of arms and inevitably dislocate a shoulder, bloody a nose or sprain a wrist. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 Much like the grocery store at night where in drag, the lights of we dislocate. Francine J. Harris, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Much like the grocery store at night where in drag, the lights of we dislocate. Francine J. Harris, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Much like the grocery store at night where in drag, the lights of we dislocate. Francine J. Harris, The New York Review of Books, 23 July 2020 Some care may require specialized medical care, such as reconstructive surgery to mitigate or repair the damage from torture: broken bones, teeth knocked out, or being hung from a ceiling where arms dislocate from the shoulder. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Both will drive up costs and dislocate existing supply chains. Vasuki Shastry, Forbes, 8 June 2021 An argument started over the transaction, and Jackson pushed one of the other men to the floor hard enough to break the man's arm and dislocate his shoulder. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 1 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of dislocate was in 1601

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13 Dec 2021

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dislocate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dislocate

: 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

verb
dis·​lo·​cate | \ ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt How to pronounce dislocate (audio) , dis-ˈlō- \
dislocated; dislocating

Kids Definition of dislocate

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

dislocate

transitive verb
dis·​lo·​cate | \ ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt How to pronounce dislocate (audio) , -lə-; (ˈ)dis-ˈlō-ˌkāt How to pronounce dislocate (audio) \
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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