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

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to leave a place previously occupied
dislodgment noun
or dislodgement

Example Sentences

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of dislodge was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dislodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislodge. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



dis·​lodge (ˈ)dis-ˈläj How to pronounce dislodge (audio)
: to force out of a place especially of rest, hiding, or defense
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