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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Meanwhile, militants Turkey has tried to dislodge are digging into the zone, where Ankara holds security responsibility. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Fragile Syria Cease-Fire Tests Russia-Turkey Ties," 25 Nov. 2018 Similarly, many Americans believe a sanitized version of the history of the Civil Rights movement, failing to realize how much activists had to disrupt normal politics and dislodge accepted norms in order to end unjust practices. Julia Azari, Vox, "Collins’ speech shows that the guardrails were the problem all along," 6 Oct. 2018 Will the very allegation itself, whether proven or not, be enough to dislodge Republican votes? Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018 Brushing the teeth may also dislodge stuck food and help patients recover from oral surgery. Jeff Donn, The Seattle Times, "Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste," 7 Aug. 2018 But make no mistake: The party’s identity crisis will be front and center after November, especially if Nancy Pelosi steps down or gets dislodged as the leader of House Democrats. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018 Be careful not to dislodge tiles and try not to slip and scratch the tile surface. 2. The Editors Of House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "How to Grout Tile," 11 Feb. 2015 Such a success would make Bell even harder to dislodge. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018 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

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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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