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lodged; lodging

Definition of lodge 

(Entry 1 of 6)

transitive verb

1a(1) : to provide temporary quarters for The refugees need to be lodged and fed.

(2) : to rent lodgings to hoped that they would lodge him for the winter

b : to establish or settle in a place The troops lodged themselves in the town.

2 : to serve as a receptacle for : contain a sinus lodging the nerve and artery of the part

3 : to beat (a crop) flat to the ground

4 : to bring to an intended or a fixed position (as by throwing or thrusting)

5 : to deposit for safeguard or preservation agents collect the rent for the land, and lodge it in the bank— G. B. Shaw

6 : to place or vest especially in a source, means, or agent a small family unit … with formal authority lodged in the father— John Dollard

7 : to lay (something, such as a complaint) before a proper authority : file the defendant then lodged an appeal— Priscilla Hughes

intransitive verb

1a : to occupy a place temporarily : sleep lodged on a cot overnight

b(1) : to have a residence : dwell lodged over a bookshop

(2) : to be a lodger lodged with them for a year

2 : to come to a rest the bullet lodged in the wall

3 : to fall or lie down used especially of hay or grain crops buckwheat … tends to lodge by late fall— R. E. Trippensee



Definition of lodge (Entry 2 of 6)

1 chiefly dialectal : a rude shelter or abode

2a : a house set apart for residence in a particular season (such as the hunting season)

b : a resort hotel : inn mountain lodges

3a : a house on an estate originally for the use of a gamekeeper, caretaker, or porter

b : a shelter for an employee (such as a gatekeeper)

4 : a den or lair especially of gregarious animals (such as beavers)

5a : the meeting place of a branch of an organization and especially a fraternal organization a Masonic lodge

b : the body of members of such a branch

6a : wigwam

b : a family of North American Indians The tribe consisted of about 200 lodges.


biographical name (1)
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Definition of Lodge (Entry 3 of 6)

Henry Cabot 1850–1924 American statesman and author


biographical name (2)

Definition of Lodge (Entry 4 of 6)

Henry Cabot 1902–1985 grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge American politician and diplomat


biographical name (3)

Definition of Lodge (Entry 5 of 6)

Sir Oliver Joseph 1851–1940 English physicist


biographical name (4)

Definition of Lodge (Entry 6 of 6)

Thomas 1558–1625 English poet and dramatist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lodge

Synonyms: Verb

bed, embed (also imbed), enroot, entrench (also intrench), fix, impact, implant, ingrain (also engrain), root

Synonyms: Noun

hospice, hostel, hostelry, hotel, inn, public house, tavern

Antonyms: Verb

dislodge, root (out), uproot

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Examples of lodge in a Sentence


The workers were lodged in temporary camps. The refugees needed to be lodged and fed. We lodged at the resort. The bullet lodged in his brain. The bullet lodged itself in his brain. The group has lodged a grievance.


He's a member of a Masonic lodge. an annual dinner at the lodge
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lehi Crossing residents Tiffany Hartman and Renee Garcia, two of Vulcan's most vocal opponents, have lodged many complaints with the county's Air Quality Department. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Sheth also believes that the Hammers have lodged a bid for Fernandes, which is currently being reviewed by the Portuguese giants. SI.com, "Journalist Claims West Ham Will Smash Transfer Spend Record Following Yarmolenko Capture," 11 July 2018 The shaggy terrier-poodle mix had been lodged in the Cleveland City Kennel since the evening of Feb. 7, when officers from the University Circle Police Department pulled it to safety. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Dog back home after daring rescue from icy Lake View Cemetery pond," 12 Feb. 2018 The Better Business Bureau will give you a sense for that company’s reputation and the kinds of complaints customers have lodged against it. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "What to do if you’re offered a ‘free’ cruise | Miami Herald," 6 Feb. 2018 In 2002, The Star interviewed the men who had lodged the complaints in Kansas City and reported that the diocese had helped one of them buy a pickup truck and paid for his counseling. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Could former KC priest, 86, still face charges? Yes, but 'there is an issue of time'," 3 July 2018 That is even true for those who were kicked off their land during apartheid: most of those who have lodged claims for restitution have asked the courts to give them cash as compensation instead of farms. The Economist, "Dreams of fieldsSouth Africa is getting land reform wrong," 25 Jan. 2018 Officials speculated that the handgun may have been lodged against the small of the boy’s back. Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Crime Q&A: Why was 15-year-old fatally shot by Yolo County deputies? | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Jan. 2018 Documents from the Boy Scouts, obtained by the Los Angeles Times and made public in 2012, show that Montague held several positions in Scouting, including scoutmaster and lodge adviser. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Employee at shelter housing migrant children faced sexual misconduct allegations," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hunters crowd into inns and lodges every fall, lured by elk that graze on nearby hillsides. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 The handsome lodge and 10 cabins were planned to accommodate (and not disturb) the diverse range of flora and fauna that thrives around this lush hideaway. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Stunning Eco-Friendly Hotels," 22 Jan. 2018 Viera-Newton had heard about the lodge’s majestic views, endless list of outdoor activities, and mouth-watering food. Monica Mendal, Vogue, "Inside Harley Viera-Newton’s Dreamy Summer Trip to Blackberry Farm," 10 July 2018 The lodge got 6 to 8 inches of snow, owner Darla Fimpel said by phone. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Not a dream: Eureka Lodge awakes to ‘very unusual’ late-spring dump of snow," 11 June 2018 In 1937, construction began on the buildings that made up the lodge. Sharyn Alden, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwoods lodges offer a nostalgic getaway," 18 May 2018 Time + Tide Miavana One&Only Nyungwe House Set within a working tea plantation at the edge of the pristine Nyungwe Forest National Park, this luxury lodge with 22 suites is one of the most upscale hotels in Rwanda. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in the World," 1 May 2018 To channel your own inner Olympian, purchase lift tickets for Mammoth Mountain ($103 to $162, discounted when purchased online in advance), which grants access to three lodges, an extensive network of trails, and the Unbound snowboard park. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Snowy Getaway Is the Antidote to an Extra-Warm January," 15 Jan. 2018 But our biggest effort are the grants to lodges to meet needs of communities. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "12,000 Elks in S.A., not one fez. We find out why," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of lodge


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lodge


see lodge entry 2


Middle English loge, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German louba porch

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English Language Learners Definition of lodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to provide (someone) with a place to stay for a short period of time

: to stay at a place for a short period of time

: to become stuck or fixed in a specified place or position



English Language Learners Definition of lodge (Entry 2 of 2)

: a house or hotel in the country or mountains for people who are doing some outdoor activity

: the place where a beaver lives

: a local group that is part of a larger organization


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Kids Definition of lodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to provide a temporary living or sleeping space for They lodged guests for the night.

2 : to use a place for living or sleeping We lodged in motels.

3 : to become stuck or fixed The arrow lodged in a tree.

4 : file entry 3 sense 2 I'm lodging a complaint.



Kids Definition of lodge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a house set apart for residence in a special season or by an employee on an estate a hunting lodge the caretaker's lodge

2 : a den or resting place of an animal a beaver's lodge

3 : the meeting place of a social organization

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