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

     

    dislocate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsləkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊkeɪt//
     
    , NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dislocate
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsləkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊkeɪt//
     
    , NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it dislocates
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsləkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊkeɪts//
     
    , NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪts//
     
    past simple dislocated
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsləkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊkeɪtɪd//
     
    , NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle dislocated
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsləkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊkeɪtɪd//
     
    , NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form dislocating
    BrE BrE//ˈdɪsləkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    Injuries
     
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  1. 1dislocate something to put a bone out of its normal position in a joint He dislocated his shoulder in the accident. a dislocated finger CollocationsInjuriesBeing injured have a fall/​an injury receive/​suffer/​sustain a serious injury/​a hairline fracture/(especially British English) whiplash/​a gunshot wound hurt/​injure your ankle/​back/​leg damage the brain/​an ankle ligament/​your liver/​the optic nerve/​the skin pull/​strain/​tear a hamstring/​ligament/​muscle/​tendon sprain/​twist your ankle/​wrist break a bone/​your collarbone/​your leg/​three ribs fracture/​crack your skull break/​chip/​knock out/​lose a tooth burst/​perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/​hip/​jaw/​shoulder bruise/​cut/​graze your arm/​knee/​shoulder burn/​scald yourself/​your tongue bang/​bump/​hit/ (informal) bash your elbow/​head/​knee (on/​against something)Treating injuries treat somebody for burns/​a head injury/​a stab wound examine/​clean/​dress/​bandage/​treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/​torn ligament/​tendon/​cartilage amputate/​cut off an arm/​a finger/​a foot/​a leg/​a limb put on/ (formal) apply/​take off (especially North American English) a Band-Aid™/(British English) a plaster/​a bandage need/​require/​put in/ (especially British English) have (out)/ (North American English) get (out) stitches put on/​rub on/ (formal) apply cream/​ointment/​lotion have/​receive/​undergo (British English) physiotherapy/(North American English) physical therapy See related entries: Injuries
  2. 2dislocate something to stop a system, plan etc. from working or continuing in the normal way synonym disrupt
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably a back-formation from dislocation , but perhaps from medieval Latin dislocatus ‘moved from a former position’, from the verb dislocare.
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