- to put out of place; specif., to displace (a bone) from its proper position at a joint
- to upset the order of; disarrange; disrupt
Origin of dislocate; from Medieval Latin dislocatus, past participle of dislocare: see dis- and amp; locate
transitive verbdis·lo·cat·ed, dis·lo·cat·ing, dis·lo·cates
- To put out of usual or proper place, position, or relationship.
- To displace (a body part), especially to displace a bone from its normal position.
- To throw into confusion or disorder; disrupt: a continuing drought that dislocated the state's economy.
Origin of dislocateMedieval Latin dislocāre, dislocāt- : dis-, dis- + Latin locāre, to place (from locus, place).