- 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[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[transitive] bulldoze somebody (into doing something) to force somebody to do something synonym railroad They bulldozed him into selling. Word Origin late 19th cent. (originally US in the sense ‘intimidate’): from the animal bull + -doze, alteration of the noun dose.
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//