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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Recent Examples on the Web Especially after the shenanigans of Obama’s intelligence agencies and Justice Department get a proper airing and impeachment fizzles, Trump will not appear to be an easy incumbent to dislodge. Conrad Black, National Review, "What Bloomberg Wants," 26 Nov. 2019 Police had managed to dislodge protesters trying to block the bypass around Paris in the morning and were progressively evacuating Place d’Italie during the afternoon. BostonGlobe.com, "PARIS — Scuffles between Paris police and activists Saturday marred the anniversary of the birth of the yellow vest movement against government policies seen as favoring the rich.," 17 Nov. 2019 First, Haynesworth stomped enough to dislodge the helmet of Dallas Cowboys center Andre Gurode from his head. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "It's not just the Browns vs. Steelers. NFL has memorable history of fighting on the gridiron," 15 Nov. 2019 Put a player with Tillman’s ability to dislodge the ball at the weak-side linebacker spot in this defense, and there are going to be plenty of chances to force fumbles. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "We asked coaches whom Darius Leonard reminds them of. They listed hall of famers.," 24 Oct. 2019 But changing work habits and business needs created an opening for entrants like Slack and Google to dislodge the tech giant. Michael J. Coren, Quartz at Work, "Slack’s latest grab for office dominance: workflow templates," 23 Oct. 2019 That shift is threatening to dislodge the entrenched position of plastics in the American drinks industry, while helping boost shares of companies such as Ball Corp., the biggest aluminum can producer in the world. Joe Deaux, Bloomberg.com, "Aluminum is Replacing Plastic as the Greenest Bottle," 16 Oct. 2019 This is why the insect is so difficult to dislodge. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "The trouble with thrips: They’re as annoying to gardeners as is possible," 7 Aug. 2019 At the time, authorities began investigating whether the tree section was dislodged on purpose. CBS News, "Ohio teens charged with murder of photographer after pushing log off cliff," 8 Nov. 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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The first known use of dislodge was in the 15th century

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dislodge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislodged. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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How to pronounce dislodge (audio)

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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