Definition of dislodge
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
: to leave a place previously occupied
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.
Did You Know?
A lodge is usually a kind of roominghouse or hotel, and the verb lodge often means staying or sleeping in such a place. Thus, dislodge means removing a person or thing from where it's been staying. So, for instance, you might use a toothpick to dislodge a seed from between your teeth, police might use tear gas to dislodge a sniper from his hiding place, and a slate tile dislodged from a roof could be dangerous to someone hanging out on the street below.
Origin and Etymology of dislodge
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
DISLODGE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dislodge for English Language Learners
: to forcefully remove (something or someone) from a place or position
DISLODGE Defined for Kids
Definition of dislodge for Students
: to force out of a place of resting, hiding, or defense The bulldozer dislodged several boulders.
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