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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Swish the items around, then take them out, lay them on a soft cloth and go over the crevices and chain links with a soft toothbrush to dislodge any dirt trapped there. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 The offensive, which was announced by Yemen’s government, is aimed at dislodging an Iranian-allied rebel group known as the Houthis that controls Hodeida on Yemen’s Red Sea coast. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP senator urges love for LGBT youths in Pride Month speech," 14 June 2018 April 14) AP Syrian Americans in metro Detroit who oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad applauded the U.S.-led missile strikes in Syria, but said Saturday that more is needed to dislodge the ruler from power. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Some metro Detroit Syrian Americans say more needs to be done to get Assad out of power," 14 Apr. 2018 Hector Herrera dislodged the ball from South Korea in Mexico’s half, then Lozano collected it and carried it all the way to South Korea’s area. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Love Story: Mexico Wins Again and Its Fans Roar for the Coach," 24 June 2018 The company reported that one of its high-voltage transmission lines might have become dislodged during a windstorm and malfunctioned about 15 minutes before the fire began. Russell Gold, WSJ, "PG&E Prepares for Bankruptcy Amid Wildfire Fallout," 14 Jan. 2019 Image Ed Sadlowski, a fireball labor leader whose militant insurgency in the 1970s shook but failed to dislodge the steelworkers union’s top brass, died on Sunday in Estero, Fla. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Ed Sadlowski, Fiery Steelworkers Insurgent, Dies at 79," 14 June 2018 Democrats have tried and failed to dislodge Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes and David Valadao from their Central Valley seats over the past several election cycles. Mark Z. Barabak, latimes.com, "Democrats avoid nightmare scenario in California, boosting their hopes to seize the House," 6 June 2018 In a turn of unfortunate events one of these giant concrete balls dislodged from its base and created full-blow chaos after a pickup truck rammed into it in Paramus, New Jersey. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Watch a Rogue 2-Ton Target Ball Unleash Utter Chaos in a Parking Lot," 6 Feb. 2017

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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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