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 The big rig overturned and its engine became dislodged, Soriano said. Los Angeles Times, "Big rig carrying carnival ride crashes on 605 Freeway, causing full closure," 17 Sep. 2019 And two human skulls tumbled down an embankment when three boys playing there dislodged them. oregonlive.com, "A ‘vampire’s’ remains were found about 30 years ago. Now DNA is giving him new life.," 31 July 2019 Those on Liverpool's 'A-list' were players club scouts felt could make an immediate impact on Klopp’s side and dislodge the first-choice partnership of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren. SI.com, "Jamaal Lascelles Revealed as Liverpool Target Prior to Arrival of Virgil van Dijk at Anfield," 17 Sep. 2019 This disrupts habitat by dislodging pests that then attack the vines, requiring more chemical treatments that eventually wash into the stream with soil erosion. Dave Mcintyre | Special To The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Oregon winemaker challenges efforts to make vineyards more sustainable," 3 Sep. 2019 Partial replacements can worsen conditions by disrupting pipelines and dislodging lead. Maura C. Allaire, The Conversation, "How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all," 3 Sep. 2019 The offensive line returns every starter, plus a JUCO transfer who should dislodge one of them. Christopher Smith, al, "10 college football season win totals, futures to bet," 28 Aug. 2019 Connor said his heart attack was caused by a piece of dislodged plague in his arteries that traveled to his heart. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "After runner’s heart attack, Seminole officials look to put location markers on recreational trails," 22 Aug. 2019 Three years later, the Navy’s Sea Dragon helicopters, which stream cables that dislodge mines moored to the ocean floor, came under damning scrutiny. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.," 9 Aug. 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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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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