dis·​lodge | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈläj How to pronounce dislodge (audio) \
dislodged; dislodging; dislodges

Definition of dislodge

transitive verb

1 : to drive from a position of hiding, defense, or advantage
2 : to force out of a secure or settled position dislodged the rock with a shovel

intransitive verb

: to leave a place previously occupied

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Other Words from dislodge

dislodgment \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈläj-​mənt How to pronounce dislodgment (audio) \ or dislodgement noun

Examples of dislodge in a Sentence

The earthquake dislodged several boulders from the cliff. He kicked at the stone to dislodge it. The army has dislodged enemy forces from their stronghold.
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Recent Examples on the Web One biologist speculates that these leaps dislodge barnacles and other freeloaders from whales’ skins. Richard Schiffman, Washington Post, "The mysterious lives and enduring allure of whales," 4 Sep. 2020 Then spray with window cleaning solution and gently scrub with a soft sponge to dislodge any stubborn residue. Elizabeth Sheldon, Good Housekeeping, "What to Clean If You Have Ten Minutes — Or an Hour," 1 Sep. 2020 Once beliefs are established, presenting people with contradicting facts does little to dislodge them — opinions are rooted less in evidence than in emotion and the views of one’s social group. Jenny Shank Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Lying Life of Adults,' by Elena Ferrante, translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein," 28 Aug. 2020 Protesters did themselves no favors if their goal is to dislodge President Donald Trump from the White House. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Trump’s norm-busting use of White House for campaign event may rewrite the norm," 28 Aug. 2020 The crew used hot water and torches to dislodge the remains from cracks and sewage drains. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Last Week, This Swiss Town Was Briefly Showered in Cocoa Powder," 21 Aug. 2020 Searing summer temperatures across the world have helped dislodge ice shelves; a huge monsoon engulfed Mumbai, and the world’s largest oil and gas companies are rapidly changing their tune. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "The oil sands triggered a heated global debate on our energy needs. Now, it could be a sign of what’s to come," 20 Aug. 2020 But as cable rivals CNN and MSNBC devote three hours in prime time to the convention — including showing the Democrats' feed virtually uninterrupted — Fox will not dislodge its biggest opinion stars. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "A different view of the Democrats on Fox News prime time," 19 Aug. 2020 With hundreds dead from COVID-19 and a lawsuit needed to dislodge federal money to help manage the health and economic crises, the choice of Native Americans for U.S. president might seem obvious, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation president boosts Joe Biden at convention, but says Democrats shouldn't take Native American votes for granted," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dislodge

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dislodge

Middle English disloggen, from Anglo-French *desloger, from des- dis- + loger to find lodging for, encamp, from loge shelter — more at lodge

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“Dislodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislodge. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dislodge

: to forcefully remove (something or someone) from a place or position


dis·​lodge | \ dis-ˈläj How to pronounce dislodge (audio) \
dislodged; dislodging

Kids Definition of dislodge

: to force out of a place of resting, hiding, or defense The bulldozer dislodged several boulders.

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