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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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 Pilecki received a savage blow to his mouth that dislodged two molars. Neal Bascomb, WSJ, "‘The Volunteer’ Review: A Noble Hero in a Savage New World," 12 July 2019 One of the ramps hit the underside of a bridge, which was under construction, causing equipment on the bridge to become dislodged and striking the victim’s van, troopers say. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Driver on Ohio Turnpike hit, killed by debris after semi strikes bridge," 10 July 2019 Position: Central Midfield FIFA 19 Rating: 79 Predicted FIFA 20 Rating: 79 Another player with so much promise, Dahoud has never had an extended run in the Dortmund side and dislodging either of Axel Witsel or Thomas Delaney seems unlikely. SI.com, "FIFA 20: Every Borussia Dortmund Player's Predicted Ultimate Team Rating," 5 July 2019 The truck was also out of gas and there was evidence the tires had been heavily spun on nearby rocks to try and dislodge the vehicle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Likely remains of Oceanside outdoorsman found in Riverside County mountains," 2 July 2019 The organism causes no harm and can also be washed off the grass blades or dislodged with a light raking. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Trim Knock Out roses when most flowers have declined," 29 June 2019 Use a strong spray of water to dislodge aphids, repeat often. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 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

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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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