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

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 cameras also protrude a little more from the back of the phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, 27 Sep. 2021 The screws were a consequence of a prior remedy: nuts had been added so that the screws wouldn’t protrude. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 Yes, the next AirPods will look much more like the Pro model than now, that is with shorter stalks that protrude from the ears much less. David Phelan, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 And one of the walls seemed to protrude outward out of the plane, according to a city report. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Aug. 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. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 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. Sophia Eppolito, The Arizona Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 The cameras will protrude more than before and the overall size of the camera module will be much bigger. Chris Smith, BGR, 29 June 2021 Sand tiger sharks have sharp teeth that protrude from their jaw to grasp prey. Sora Kim, The Conversation, 12 July 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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15 Oct 2021

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“Protrude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protrude. Accessed 1 Dec. 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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