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 dislodge (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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Recent Examples on the Web The opposition is trying to remain united in order to dislodge him from office as early as next week. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 The sky-scraper-sized Ever Given became wedged across the Suez Canal in late March, blocking traffic along one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes in both directions for nearly a week as teams raced to dislodge it. Robert Hart, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The effort to dislodge the Ever Given became a national rallying cry in Egypt, with the usually stodgy Facebook page of the Suez Canal Authority inundated with comments from residents in solidarity with the government agency. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2021 But the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority told media that despite the blockage, some cargo was able to move south and efforts to dislodge Ever Given would continue. Story From Reuters, CNN, 25 Mar. 2021 In Helmand's provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan's elite commando forces aided by regular troops were trying to dislodge the Taliban but with little success, said Nafeeza Faiez, a provincial council member. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2021 In Helmand’s provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan’s elite commando forces aided by regular troops were trying to dislodge the Taliban but with little success, said Nafeeza Faiez, a provincial council member. The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Aug. 2021 Many big ideas in transportation involve trying to dislodge people from the peak. New York Times, 11 June 2021 Civil rights attorney Connie Rice has spent decades working with police officials and community groups in Los Angeles trying to dislodge that perspective. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2021

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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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10 Sep 2021

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“Dislodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislodge. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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