dis·​lodge (ˌ)dis-ˈläj How to pronounce dislodge (audio)
dislodged; dislodging; dislodges

transitive verb

: to drive from a position of hiding, defense, or advantage
: to force out of a secure or settled position
dislodged the rock with a shovel

intransitive verb

: to leave a place previously occupied
dislodgment noun
or dislodgement

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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Word History


Middle English disloggen, from Anglo-French *desloger, from des- dis- + loger to find lodging for, encamp, from loge shelter — more at lodge

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dislodge was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dislodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislodge. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​lodge (ˈ)dis-ˈläj How to pronounce dislodge (audio)
: to force out of a place especially of rest, hiding, or defense
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