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 The skid directly coincides with the moment Julius Randle dislocated his right shoulder at the end of the Knicks’ blowout victory over the Miami Heat. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 The lawsuit says a team of jailers held her down during the injection, dislocating her thumb. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2024 Lee dislocated his left shoulder after crashing into the center-field wall — nearly the same spot where Matos made his catch — and was scheduled to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles for a second opinion. Justice Delos Santos, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 Four years ago, Abboud entered the Bel Air studio on the brink, having dislocated her back during childbirth and battled post-partum depression thereafter. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 25 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dislocate 

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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 20 Jun. 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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