Definition of disgorge in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈɡɔːdʒ/


[with object]
1Pour (something) out: the combine disgorged a steady stream of grain
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  • The main batteries erupted in anger, disgorging volleys of pale blue plasma bolts.
  • 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.
  • 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.
pour out, discharge, eject, emit, expel, evacuate, empty, spit out, spew out, belch forth, spout;
vomit, regurgitate, throw up
archaic regorge
1.1(Of a building or vehicle) discharge (the occupants): an aircraft disgorging paratroopers
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  • It's gone midnight and the pubs are disgorging the last few stragglers.
  • A police armoured vehicle disgorged about 30 baton-wielding riot police who charged the journalists, and seized the three as the others scattered.
  • 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.
1.2Bring up or vomit (food).
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  • They readily disgorge their prey to feed their young.
  • 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.
1.3Yield or give up (funds, especially when dishonestly acquired): they were made to disgorge all the profits made from the record
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  • 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.
  • I think their best bet is going to be suing the executives of the company to have them disgorge their ill-gotten gains.
  • But first, it made no profit, and secondly even if it had, disgorging its profit would be its greatest liability.
1.4 [no object] (Of a river) empty into a sea: the Nile disgorges into the sea at Rashid
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  • 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.
  • 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.
2Remove the sediment from (a sparkling wine) after fermentation: the wine is aged in the bottle before it is disgorged
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  • 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.
  • A little more to confuse the issue: champagne evolves even further once disgorged and shipped to the UK.
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • In May the district judge ruled that disgorgement was available to the Government as a remedy.
  • The wine is aged on the lees in the bottle for about three years prior to disgorgement.
  • The wine must spend at least nine months on its lees before disgorgement, achieve at least four atmospheres of pressure, and attain an alcoholic strength of between 10.8 and 12.8 per cent by volume.


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

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