Definition of protrude
- a handkerchief protruding from his breast pocket
His lower jaw protrudes slightly.
A handkerchief protruded from his shirt pocket.
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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.
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