dis·lodge | \(ˌ)dis-ˈläj \

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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Rather, the Senators who don't want that person has to dislodge the candidate. Fox News, "Ex-sailor pardoned by Trump reacts to new Clinton probe documents," 3 July 2018 Hard-to-reach areas are prime real estate for blood-feeding parasites that don’t want to be dislodged, so make sure to check the hairline (especially on children), torso, belly button and groin. Joyce Sakamoto, Washington Post, "Ticks and mosquitoes are ready to deliver disease in a bite, but you can stop them," 18 June 2018 While anti-government protests over the past year have failed to dislodge administrations in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, the rallies in Slovakia have put unprecedented pressure on Fico. Radoslav Tomek, Bloomberg.com, "Slovaks Tilt Toward Snap Vote as Ruling Party Sets Ultimatum," 12 Mar. 2018 Use these easy steps and DIY cleaning solution from Michael Dimopoulos, a Thumbtack House Cleaner and the founder of Lazy Susans Cleaning, to dislodge that blockage in no time. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "The Best Way to Unclog a Drain," 29 Mar. 2017 The gun was dislodged from Blessing's hand after a struggle with her son's girlfriend, as well as the second weapon, authorities said. NBC News, "Woman, 92, accused of fatally shooting son who wanted to put her in assisted living," 4 July 2018 Almost a quarter-century later, Claude Lemieux was getting dental work done on four dislodged front teeth, the nasty result of a high stick taken during the ’94–95 playoffs with the Devils. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "What It's Like for NHL Players to Be Traded Twice in the Same Day," 26 Feb. 2018 Firmalino eventually took her concerns to a doctor, who did an ultrasound and discovered that the implant, originally inserted in her fallopian tubes, had become dislodged and migrated to her uterus. NBC News, "Women sounded alarm on Essure birth control device. Now the FDA is cracking down.," 12 Apr. 2018 Jones, who identified herself as a nurse to his worried wife and friends, used abdominal thrusts to partially dislodge the piece of meat, and then administered CPR. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Choking victim reunites with lifesaver nurse at Valparaiso restaurant: 'Because of you, I'm still alive'," 3 July 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 \
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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