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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Before dislocating his foot in gruesome fashion last season, LeVert averaged 18.4 points, 3.7 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in a compelling 14-game showcase. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 If truly dislocated posteriorly, that could require a procedure for reduction (to put it back). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill figures to miss significant time," 8 Sep. 2019 The supermodel also dislocated her wrist and, on top of that, had already twisted her ankle earlier in practice. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Christie Brinkley's Daughter Sailor Reveals She Didn't Want to Join Dancing with the Stars at First," 17 Sep. 2019 Dan Mullen made sure to have Feleipe Franks lead Florida’s postgame huddle 🙏 Franks dislocated his ankle and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Joel Boyd, chicagotribune.com, "College football Week 3 wrap-up: Which team self-destructed the worst? Why are Florida fans mad at Brian Griese? And the Heisman contender in Oklahoma who isn’t named Jalen Hurts.," 16 Sep. 2019 Thor bluntly asks) and provides the biggest laughs as he body-slams bros, dislocates his shoulder and can't help but tell the truth at every turn. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Review: Smells like 'tween' spirit in 'Good Boys'," 15 Aug. 2019 One person was killed and thousands of people dislocated by fires and explosions last Sept. 13. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Columbia Gas reaches $143 million settlement on class action lawsuits in Merrimack Valley explosions," 29 July 2019 Neil Lennon has been keen to add some experience to his goalkeeping department, having seen Scott Bain dislocate his thumb last week and leaving him short on cover. SI.com, "Fraser Forster Nears Celtic Return After Undergoing Medical Ahead of Southampton Departure," 22 Aug. 2019 Thin in middle In the days since Jordan Iosefa dislocated his kneecap at the start of fall camp, an already thin pool of healthy USC linebackers has grown ever thinner. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Bru McCoy, USC’s prize receiving prospect, has been unable to practice because of illness," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dislocate

medical : to move (a bone) out of its normal location or position in a joint
chiefly US, formal : to force (someone or something) to move from a place or position
formal : 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 How to pronounce dislocate (audio) , 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 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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not being in agreement or harmony

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