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

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 The trouble is, most front seats protrude rearwards, past the B-pillars and their seat belt mounts. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 3 Aug. 2022 The leaves, in addition to the poplar flower on the chin, protrude from the headgear, giving it more dimension. The Indianapolis Star, 29 July 2022 And sculptured pieces protrude from gowns giving a 3D look. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 6 July 2022 The building's striking design comprises three performance spaces that protrude dramatically from its cubic center. Oscar Holland, CNN, 15 Aug. 2022 Other dash and windshield mounts often use longer (four- or five-inch) arms that protrude from a base. The Editors, Outside Online, 8 Oct. 2020 In the intervening months there have been lots of rumors, many pointing to a radically different design without the distinctive stalks that protrude from the ears. David Phelan, Forbes, 5 June 2022 After a cut, two officers hold closed the rear door of a hatchback police car, trapping the man’s thrashing legs, which protrude from the trunk as a whitish gas pours out around them. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 That the women are solitary — save for one whose foot stretches across a diptych to protrude slightly into another’s territory — reflects pandemic-era isolation. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Protrude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for protrude


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

Kids Definition of protrude

: to stick out or cause to stick out


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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