Definition of disgorge in English:



  • 1Cause to pour out.

    ‘the combine disgorged a steady stream of grain’
    • ‘Australian ocean freighters disgorge tons of iron ore onto conveyor belts leading to a 105-meter-high blast furnace.’
    • ‘He tried to disgorge thoughts of Kira, to focus on where he was going and what he had to do.’
    • ‘It courses through Black Canyon, which, thanks to a series of fault zones, disgorges heat from the fire below.’
    • ‘Gold disgorged by central banks is quickly absorbed by private monetary demand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The vases are lain on their sides as if disgorging their invisible contents.’
    • ‘Our flat merely looks as if a Pickfords van flew through the window and disgorged its contents all over the wall-to-wall.’
    • ‘It held scores of multi-shaped machines which, for a stipulated sum, would disgorge a variety of stamps, forms, envelopes and other postal miscellanea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 cruisers swung around the southern pole and nosed upward toward the enemy flotilla, simultaneously disgorging volleys of missiles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The suburban rail network, generally sardine-packed and bursting at the seams, disgorges millions of commuters daily at various stations along the way.’
      • ‘‘They've got guns,’ Gary shouts to the officers disgorging from two patrol cars.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The elevator reached the proper level and disgorged its occupants.’
      • ‘A ferry arrives one afternoon to disgorge a gaggle of youth from neighboring islands.’
      • ‘It's gone midnight and the pubs are disgorging the last few stragglers.’
      • ‘On Tuesday morning a fleet of trucks pulled into the square and began disgorging people and equipment.’
      • ‘Through the summer buses disgorge day trippers and sightseer's cars choke the narrow streets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A police armoured vehicle disgorged about 30 baton-wielding riot police who charged the journalists, and seized the three as the others scattered.’
      • ‘Someone had managed to get the elevators working again, and both cars were disgorging officers and paramedics.’
      • ‘When the train disgorged its passengers at Queen Street, there was a huge communal feeling of pent-up anger yet nowhere to vent it.’
      • ‘After inviting the tourists to disgorge from the coach and experience the scenery, he was stunned by their reaction.’
      • ‘We might have to wait 10 minutes or so before another craft would pull out after disgorging its divers and kit.’
      • ‘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 roar up onto the glacier in a cloud of diesel exhaust, then disgorge hundreds of tourists onto a patch of plowed ice and snow.’
      discharge, release, give off, give out, pour out, send forth, throw out, void, effuse, vent, give vent to, issue
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    2. 1.2 Eject (food) from the throat or mouth.
      • ‘He gagged and then disgorged his dinner onto the ground.’
      • ‘They readily disgorge their prey to feed their young.’
      • ‘When his abdomen left nothing to disgorge, he straightened himself up and spat, trying to get rid of the unpleasant aftertaste in his mouth.’
      • ‘The frigatebirds swoop down from above to pursue the target, pulling at the bird's wings or tail, in an attempt to force the bird to disgorge and drop its prey items.’
      • ‘The green spot may have been there to guide the young to peck at the parent's beak and make the parents disgorge food.’
      • ‘Circling seagulls swooped down and ate what Agnes had disgorged.’
      • ‘One of the H. erectus bones, part of a femur, even reveals telltale surface etchings from stomach acid, indicating it was swallowed and then disgorged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A wasp will disgorge food as submissive behavior.’
      • ‘It is known to harass birds as large as Red-tailed Hawks or vultures, causing them to disgorge food.’
      vomit, bring up
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    3. 1.3 Yield or give up (funds, especially funds that have been 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's tough getting executives to disgorge profits from hot IPOs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But first, it made no profit, and secondly even if it had, disgorging its profit would be its greatest liability.’
      • ‘It is designed to disgorge a benefit obtained as a result of the breach.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I think their best bet is going to be suing the executives of the company to have them disgorge their ill-gotten gains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      surrender, relinquish, hand over, give up, turn over, yield, cede, part with
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    4. 1.4no object (of a river) empty into a sea.
      ‘the Nile disgorges into the sea at Rashid’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Aberystwyth and Aberdeen are typical of towns named after the rivers which disgorge their waters into the sea and which the towns grew around.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2usually be disgorgedRemove the sediment from (a sparkling wine) after fermentation.

    ‘the wine is aged in the bottle before it is disgorged’
    • ‘Tete de cuvee champagne is aged in the firm's cellars often for six to eight years, sometimes longer, before the wine is disgorged.’
    • ‘A little more to confuse the issue: champagne evolves even further once disgorged and shipped to the UK.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.