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 Before SpaceX, the village felt like a coastal paradise, contentedly dislodged from civilization. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Why SpaceX Wants a Tiny Texas Neighborhood So Badly," 31 Mar. 2020 The prevailing view in the industry is that Netflix will be hard to dislodge. The Economist, "The future of entertainment," 14 Nov. 2019 The reason for cramping up could be the result of a lack of first-team football, with Angelino being unable to dislodge Oleksandr Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy from the starting XI this season with only 122 minutes played in all competitions. SI.com, "Manchester City Handed Defensive Injury Boost Ahead of Second Successive Southampton Clash," 31 Oct. 2019 Instead, the Stars went on the power play after Sebastian Aho hooked Hintz and officials ruled that the goal was dislodged before the puck crossed the goalline. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Anton Khudobin’s 40-save game in Carolina has the Stars goalie in elite territory among NHL netminders," 25 Feb. 2020 Shrink wrap is another alternative to cover your boat, and when installed correctly, won't be suspect to heavy snows or falling objects that otherwise could dislodge a tarp. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How To Winterize Your Boat for the Cold Months Ahead," 21 Nov. 2019 All of the metal rods and everything that were put in his body were dislodged. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Ozzy Osbourne Reschedules UK and European Tour Dates," 29 Apr. 2019 Once established, a firm such as Facebook or Microsoft is hard to dislodge. Joseph E. Stiglitz, Scientific American, "The American Economy Is Rigged," 1 Nov. 2018 At one concert, Mr. Szwed related, Mr. Thompson was locked in a three-saxophone melee of free improvisation when two of the keys became dislodged from his baritone saxophone and shot off into the audience. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Danny Ray Thompson, 72, Dies; Mainstay of Sun Ra’s Otherworldly Band," 20 Mar. 2020

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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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6 May 2020

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“Dislodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dislodge. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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