Definition of bulldoze verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bulldoze

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊldəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊldoʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bulldoze
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊldəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊldoʊz//
     
    he / she / it bulldozes
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊldəʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊldoʊzɪz//
     
    past simple bulldozed
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊldəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊldoʊzd//
     
    past participle bulldozed
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊldəʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊldoʊzd//
     
    -ing form bulldozing
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊldəʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊldoʊzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] bulldoze something to destroy buildings, trees, etc. with a bulldozer The trees are being bulldozed to make way for a new superstore. The makeshift dwellings were bulldozed into the ground.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to force your way somewhere; to force something somewhere + adv./prep. Rooney bulldozed through to score. bulldoze something + adv./prep. They bulldozed the tax through Parliament. He bulldozed his way to victory.
  3. 3[transitive] bulldoze somebody (into doing something) to force somebody to do something synonym railroad They bulldozed him into selling.
  4. Word Origin late 19th cent. (originally US in the sense ‘intimidate’): from the animal bull + -doze, alteration of the noun dose.
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