Definition of disgorge in English:



  • 1Pour (something) out.

    ‘the combine disgorged a steady stream of grain’
    • ‘It courses through Black Canyon, which, thanks to a series of fault zones, disgorges heat from the fire below.’
    • ‘At the base of the camp, a recent avalanche had disgorged burlap sacks, old door frames, mortar boxes, rolls of bailing wire, and pieces of fiberglass.’
    • ‘And of course there was the cornucopia of the ice machine, which disgorged a torrent of pure perfect cubes at the touch of a button.’
    • ‘Australian ocean freighters disgorge tons of iron ore onto conveyor belts leading to a 105-meter-high blast furnace.’
    • ‘The cruisers swung around the southern pole and nosed upward toward the enemy flotilla, simultaneously disgorging volleys of missiles.’
    • ‘It held scores of multi-shaped machines which, for a stipulated sum, would disgorge a variety of stamps, forms, envelopes and other postal miscellanea.’
    • ‘The main batteries erupted in anger, disgorging volleys of pale blue plasma bolts.’
    • ‘It formed a gigantic neon flower, opening in slow motion, disgorging a thousand bright stars like scattered seeds.’
    • ‘He tried to disgorge thoughts of Kira, to focus on where he was going and what he had to do.’
    • ‘They quickly identified the one that had collected the papers earlier in the day and were able to pinpoint where it was later scheduled to disgorge its contents.’
    • ‘Cramming facts into your head so you can disgorge them on to paper in a three-hour exam requires little if any true understanding of your subject matter.’
    • ‘Nor do they disgorge millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide - one of the main causes of the climate chaos that is triggering floods, storms and droughts around the world.’
    • ‘Our flat merely looks as if a Pickfords van flew through the window and disgorged its contents all over the wall-to-wall.’
    • ‘We enjoyed a prolonged encounter with a cuttlefish, which eventually showed its displeasure by disgorging a sac-full of ink - all this in a maximum depth of 5m.’
    • ‘The vases are lain on their sides as if disgorging their invisible contents.’
    • ‘Gold disgorged by central banks is quickly absorbed by private monetary demand.’
    pour out, discharge, eject, emit, expel, evacuate, empty, spit out, spew out, belch forth, spout
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    1. 1.1(of a building or vehicle) discharge (the occupants)
      ‘an aircraft disgorging paratroopers’
      • ‘A ferry arrives one afternoon to disgorge a gaggle of youth from neighboring islands.’
      • ‘And here in midtown, surrounded by office towers disgorging hundreds of thousands of inhabitants, traffic in general, and buses in particular, were not moving very fast.’
      • ‘All three buses stopped outside the pool, and each disgorged a tumbling jumbling pile of wee kiddies, clutching their swim-bags and chattering like flocks of birds on a nature programme.’
      • ‘They are a familiar sight outside schools up and down the land: giant, gas-guzzling four-by-four vehicles disgorging their precious cargoes of children.’
      • ‘On Tuesday morning a fleet of trucks pulled into the square and began disgorging people and equipment.’
      • ‘Someone had managed to get the elevators working again, and both cars were disgorging officers and paramedics.’
      • ‘The ferry from Fajardo (a ridiculous $2.25 for the hour-long ride) disgorges hordes of weekend visitors and creates a reasonable semblance of activity for the shops and bars.’
      • ‘When the train disgorged its passengers at Queen Street, there was a huge communal feeling of pent-up anger yet nowhere to vent it.’
      • ‘It's gone midnight and the pubs are disgorging the last few stragglers.’
      • ‘Their big fear is that with two schools disgorging 500 children into Station Road, and pensioners, pedestrians and cyclists attempting to cross the road, it could create a formula for disaster.’
      • ‘Through the summer buses disgorge day trippers and sightseer's cars choke the narrow streets.’
      • ‘After inviting the tourists to disgorge from the coach and experience the scenery, he was stunned by their reaction.’
      • ‘The elevator reached the proper level and disgorged its occupants.’
      • ‘‘They've got guns,’ Gary shouts to the officers disgorging from two patrol cars.’
      • ‘He singularly fails to mention the fact that this ban was implemented following protests from the green lobby that the funicular would disgorge hundred of thousands into an easily damaged alpine environment.’
      • ‘This morning, however, conditions were favourable, and as we neared the drop-off point we noticed another liveaboard coming from the opposite direction, disgorging divers some 100m away.’
      • ‘A police armoured vehicle disgorged about 30 baton-wielding riot police who charged the journalists, and seized the three as the others scattered.’
      • ‘They roar up onto the glacier in a cloud of diesel exhaust, then disgorge hundreds of tourists onto a patch of plowed ice and snow.’
      • ‘The suburban rail network, generally sardine-packed and bursting at the seams, disgorges millions of commuters daily at various stations along the way.’
      • ‘We might have to wait 10 minutes or so before another craft would pull out after disgorging its divers and kit.’
      discharge, release, give off, give out, pour out, send forth, throw out, void, effuse, vent, give vent to, issue
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    2. 1.2Bring up or vomit (food).
      • ‘A wasp will disgorge food as submissive behavior.’
      • ‘They readily disgorge their prey to feed their young.’
      • ‘The green spot may have been there to guide the young to peck at the parent's beak and make the parents disgorge food.’
      • ‘It is known to harass birds as large as Red-tailed Hawks or vultures, causing them to disgorge food.’
      • ‘Alas, on freeing his pooch from the bathroom a second time he realised it had disgorged the contents of the first meal all over the floor.’
      vomit, bring up
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    3. 1.3Yield or give up (funds, especially when dishonestly acquired)
      ‘they were made to disgorge all the profits made from the record’
      • ‘Neither is going to increase productivity, except to the extent that a change in dividend taxation forces companies to disgorge cash they shouldn't be keeping.’
      • ‘Equity will intervene by way of constructive trust, not only to compel a defendant to restore the plaintiff's property to him, but also to require a defendant to disgorge property which he should have acquired, if at all, for the plaintiff.’
      • ‘It argued that the official had gotten the money as a result of his past racketeering activities, so if the money wasn't disgorged, he would benefit from his past wrongdoing.’
      • ‘France was made to disgorge the enormous gains she had made under Napoleon, but there was no attempt to reduce her to a second-rate power and she was speedily welcomed back into the comity of nations.’
      • ‘I think their best bet is going to be suing the executives of the company to have them disgorge their ill-gotten gains.’
      • ‘It's tough getting executives to disgorge profits from hot IPOs.’
      • ‘To solve the underfunding problem, the government should be forcing companies to disgorge money that was improperly diverted from plans to corporate bottom lines, thus making the plans whole.’
      • ‘But first, it made no profit, and secondly even if it had, disgorging its profit would be its greatest liability.’
      • ‘Can it really be the case, it is asked, that in such circumstances the thief cannot be required to disgorge the property which, in equity, represents the stolen coins?’
      • ‘It is designed to disgorge a benefit obtained as a result of the breach.’
      • ‘Thus the fiduciary must disgorge the profit that he makes as a fiduciary without the informed consent of his principal and the fact that if the principal had been asked he would have agreed is irrelevant.’
      surrender, relinquish, hand over, give up, turn over, yield, cede, part with
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    4. 1.4[no object](of a river) empty into a sea.
      ‘the Nile disgorges into the sea at Rashid’
      • ‘Over the millennia, the Indus river cut some 17 major and numerous minor creeks in the region as it disgorged into the Arabian Sea in the south.’
      • ‘Boney Point is near where the Avon River disgorges into the Lake.’
      • ‘In a phone interview, he said melting ice on land, disgorging water into the sea, could be the only conceivable reason for rising ocean levels.’
      • ‘His contemporary, the geographer Strabo, argued that the sea had once been a lake and that the many rivers that disgorge into it had, in the recent past, filled it to overflowing.’
      • ‘Aberystwyth and Aberdeen are typical of towns named after the rivers which disgorge their waters into the sea and which the towns grew around.’
  • 2Remove the sediment from (a sparkling wine) after fermentation.

    ‘the wine is aged in the bottle before it is disgorged’
    • ‘After autolysis has finished, if a sparkling wine is kept on its lees, it merely remains fresher than the same wine disgorged at an earlier date.’
    • ‘A little more to confuse the issue: champagne evolves even further once disgorged and shipped to the UK.’
    • ‘Tete de cuvee champagne is aged in the firm's cellars often for six to eight years, sometimes longer, before the wine is disgorged.’
    • ‘Even if yeast autolysis ceases when the wine is disgorged, better-quality young sparkling wines with their high levels of acidity can often improve considerably with an additional year or so in bottle.’
    • ‘I will add that the cork for this bottle had the biggest mushroom I have ever seen on a wine disgorged a decade ago.’


Late 15th century: from Old French desgorger, from des- (expressing removal) + gorge throat.