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Definition of dislocate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    dislocate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//dɪsˈloʊkeɪt//
     
    , NAmE//ˈdɪsloʊˌkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dislocate
     
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    he / she / it dislocates
     
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    past simple dislocated
     
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    -ing form dislocating
     
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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 Topic CollocationsInjuriesbeing injured have a fall/an injury receive/suffer/sustain a serious injury/a hairline fracture/a gunshot wound/a concussion/whiplash injuries 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/elbow bruise/cut/graze your arm/knee/shoulder burn/scald yourself/your tongue bang/bump/hit 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 a Band-Aid™/a sterile dressing/a bandage need/require/put in/get/take out stitches put on/rub on (formal) apply cream/ointment/lotion have/receive/undergo physical therapy
  2. 2dislocate something to stop a system, plan, etc. from working or continuing in the normal way synonym disrupt
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NAmE//ˌdɪsloʊˈkeɪʃn//
 
noun [countable, uncountable] a dislocation of the shoulder These policies could cause severe economic and social dislocation.
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