[ proh-trood, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈtrud, prə- /

verb (used without object), pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing.

to project.

verb (used with object), pro·trud·ed, pro·trud·ing.

to thrust forward; cause to project.

Nearby words

  1. protracted,
  2. protractile,
  3. protraction,
  4. protractor,
  5. protriptyline,
  6. protruded disk,
  7. protrusile,
  8. protrusion,
  9. protrusive,
  10. protrusive occlusion

Origin of protrude

1610–20; < Latin prōtrūdere to thrust forward, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + trūdere to thrust

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British Dictionary definitions for protrude


/ (prəˈtruːd) /


to thrust or cause to thrust forwards or outwards
to project or cause to project from or as if from a surface
Derived Formsprotrudable, adjectiveprotrudent, adjective

Word Origin for protrude

C17: from Latin, from pro- ² + trudere to thrust

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Word Origin and History for protrude



1610s, "to thrust forward or onward, to drive along;" 1640s, "to cause to stick out," from Latin protrudere "thrust forward; push out," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + trudere "to thrust" (see extrusion). Intransitive meaning "jut out, bulge forth" recorded from 1620s. Related: Protruded; protruding.

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Medicine definitions for protrude


[ prō-trōōd ]


To push or thrust outward.
To jut out; project.

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