protrude

verb
pro·​trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd How to pronounce protrude (audio) \
protruded; protruding

Definition of protrude

intransitive verb

: to jut out from the surrounding surface or context a handkerchief protruding from his breast pocket

transitive verb

1 : to cause to project
2 archaic : to thrust forward

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Other Words from protrude

protrusible \ prō-​ˈtrü-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce protrude (audio) , -​zə-​ \ adjective

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Since trudere means "to thrust" in Latin, protrude means basically "to thrust forward". If your neighbors' patio protrudes over your property boundary, you may want to discuss it with them. A protruding disc in your spine may have to be operated on sooner or later; superficial protrusions, such as corns or bunions, tend to be less serious than more deeply rooted ones.

Examples of protrude in a Sentence

His lower jaw protrudes slightly. A handkerchief protruded from his shirt pocket.
Recent Examples on the Web Sand tiger sharks have sharp teeth that protrude from their jaw to grasp prey. Sora Kim, The Conversation, 12 July 2021 The scheduled surgery was for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon, a condition in which saclike pouches protrude from the muscular layer of the colon, leading it to become narrow. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 The Beats Studio Buds look very cool: small buds which barely protrude from the ears. David Phelan, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Ghost forests of half-submerged, long-dead cottonwoods now protrude from the water and sediment. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 June 2021 On top of the dam, where sidewalks run along the curving parapet, the views are dominated by four intake towers that protrude from the water. AZCentral.com, 27 May 2021 Other pickup fans who use their F-150s for work have said the Lightning's 6-foot bed makes the truck unsuitable for some tasks, because plywood, which comes in 8-foot sheets, would protrude from the tailgate. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, 23 May 2021 Once at the top, guests can step onto Levitation, glass sky boxes that protrude out from the tower, hovering 1,063 feet in the air, with a clear view of Madison Avenue below. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021 Think of them as the little nubs that protrude from the surface of the coronavirus and give it its crown-like appearance. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 15 May 2021

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First Known Use of protrude

1620, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for protrude

Latin protrudere, from pro- + trudere to thrust — more at threat

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The first known use of protrude was in 1620

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23 Jul 2021

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“Protrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protrude. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for protrude

protrude

verb

English Language Learners Definition of protrude

: to stick out

protrude

verb
pro·​trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd How to pronounce protrude (audio) \
protruded; protruding

Kids Definition of protrude

: to stick out or cause to stick out

protrude

verb
pro·​trude | \ prō-ˈtrüd How to pronounce protrude (audio) \
protruded; protruding

Medical Definition of protrude

transitive verb

: to cause to project the mentalis raises and protrudes the lower lipGray's Anatomy

intransitive verb

: to jut out from the surrounding surface

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