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 protrusible (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 Combat boots are paired with gowns that have vines of flowers protruding out of them. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Stars in Prada's Fall Winter 2019 Campaign Video," 9 July 2019 Likewise, Lea Craigie-Marshall’s X-ray-like cyanotypes of real guns are disarmed by the flowers protruding from their barrels. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Dickson Carroll puts fun and folly in form and function," 21 June 2019 His shock of white hair burst out in tufts from a black skullcap adorned with rhinestones and sequins from every hue of a neon-colored rainbow, his protruding belly covered by a mustard-yellow tunic. New York Times, "The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered," 13 June 2018 Photos in the report, published last week, show emaciated dogs with ribs protruding from their sides. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "The US sent bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan. Now they're dying from poor treatment," 16 Sep. 2019 The doormen, dressed in kilts with long feathers protruding from their berets, ushered in more than 50 uniformed American military service members. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 The bald granite dome looms thousands of feet above the park highway, protruding from a forested ridge 6,725 feet above sea level. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "In fall, experience the awe and adventure in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks," 31 Aug. 2019 Most troubling was the sight of a leg protruding from the snow. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "The Tragedy on Howse Peak," 28 Aug. 2019 Deputies reported to their location and observed what appeared to be human remains protruding from the ground. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Remains found in shallow grave identified as 49-year-old missing Georgia man," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of protrude was in 1620

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More Definitions for protrude

protrude

verb
How to pronounce protrude (audio)

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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