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 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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In a turn of unfortunate events one of these giant concrete balls dislodged from its base and created full-blow chaos after a pickup truck rammed into it in Paramus, New Jersey. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Watch a Rogue 2-Ton Target Ball Unleash Utter Chaos in a Parking Lot," 6 Feb. 2017 My job as a historian is to dislodge misconceptions, not to entertain my students and not to make people feel comfortable. Mark Kennedy, The Seattle Times, "Historians irked by musical ‘Hamilton’ escalate their duel," 4 Feb. 2019 China has also used H-6 bombers to dislodge river ice. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sweden Dropped a Laser-Guided Bomb on a Forest Fire," 25 July 2018 In May 2003, experienced adventurer Aron Lee Ralston was exploring canyons in the Moab, Utah, desert, when an 800-pound boulder became dislodged and trapped his right arm. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010 But for all the talk of her political weakness, Mrs. May could be surprisingly hard to dislodge. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "On Brexit, It’s Decision Time for Theresa May (and for Her Critics)," 4 July 2018 The chase ended when the driver crashed into the light pole on W. North Avenue at N. 12th St., dislodging it from its base. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee officers hurt after suspects hit light pole, sending it crashing onto their squad," 6 Jan. 2018 In order to retrieve eggs, the researchers put the animal under anesthesia, then used an ultrasound machine to guide a long needle into her uterus, puncture her follicles and dislodge the eggs. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "How IVF might save northern white rhinos, the world's most endangered species," 4 July 2018 There was the fear the vehicle would become dislodged or totally submerged in the rising water. Matthew Walberg, chicagotribune.com, "Dramatic rescue in Rockford flood: 'We didn't give him a chance to decide'," 19 June 2018

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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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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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