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 \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈläj-​mənt How to pronounce dislodgment (audio) \ 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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The teen, who has not been identified, finally became dislodged from underneath the car at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Los Angeles Times, "Boy, 15, severely injured in hit-and-run in Historic South-Central L.A.," 7 Aug. 2019 The United States had already imposed wider sanctions on Venezuela to try to dislodge Maduro, compounding hardship in a country whose economy, including its key oil industry, has been in sharp decline for many years. Washington Post, "Venezuelan government, opposition resume talks in Barbados," 15 July 2019 When the researchers removed the skulls from their surrounding rock using a chisel and hammer, tiny bone fragments became dislodged as well. Stephanie Demarco, latimes.com, "210,000-year-old skull in Greece is earliest sign of modern humans in Europe or Asia," 10 July 2019 The ball was dislodged from Lewis's hand and sailed out of bounds and, in the officials' estimation, through the end zone. Mark Maske, chicagotribune.com, "Saints are marching home and don't have to go anywhere else until Super Bowl," 18 Dec. 2018 Then Gauger bends over and — by the glow of his flashing blue and red police lights — grabs the peanut butter jar and lifts the raccoon up by it, trying to dislodge the animal, video shows. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Raccoon trapped in peanut butter jar ‘tried to thank’ cop who came to the rescue, video shows," 28 June 2018 One of the bikes’ pedals went into the track, causing a wooden splinter to be dislodged. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Italian Cyclist, 17, Impaled by Nearly 2-Foot-Long Piece of Wooden Track During Race," 17 July 2019 When water levels are low, the volatile spring weather can dislodge the eggs, preventing them from hatching. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye boom’s cause is a mystery, but no one is complaining," 13 July 2019 If the bowler hits the wicket and dislodges a bail, the batter's turn is over. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Explaining cricket, the world's second-most popular sport, to Americans," 13 July 2019

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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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