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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Pumping his left fist as the ball dropped in, the California-native dislocated his shoulder. Jack Bantock, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, the Knicks were without two of their best players on Tuesday: OG Anunoby (right elbow tendinopathy) and Julius Randle (dislocated right shoulder). Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 Linebacker Jerome Baker walked into the locker room with his right arm in a sling after dislocating his wrist. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 Randle has been out since dislocating his shoulder Jan. 27. Chris Biderman, Sacramento Bee, 5 Apr. 2024 Just last July, for example, a man named Henry dislocated his shoulder after winning a game of Bonkers. EW.com, 23 Mar. 2024 Kansas senior center Hunter Dickinson, who dislocated his right shoulder two weeks ago yet was able to play in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, shouldered the blame, so to speak, after the Jayhawks’ 89-68 second-round NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional loss to Gonzaga on Saturday afternoon at Delta Center. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 23 Mar. 2024 In addition to Heat guard Dru Smith being out for the rest of the season following knee surgery, guards Terry Rozier (sprained right knee) and Josh Richardson (dislocated right shoulder) also sustained injuries last week and missed the final two games before the break. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 Her twin sister Jasmine, and senior Sofi Majidi, added 3-pointers in the fourth en route to nine and six points, respectively. Streeter, who dislocated her knee cap on Wednesday night, played well off the bench before exiting late in the game. Dan Albano, Orange County Register, 1 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dislocate was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Dislocate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislocate. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dislocate

verb
dis·​lo·​cate ˈdis-lō-ˌkāt How to pronounce dislocate (audio)
(ˈ)dis-ˈlō-
1
: to put out of place
especially : to displace (a bone) from normal connections with another bone
2

Medical Definition

dislocate

transitive verb
dislocated; dislocating
: 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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