Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring up and expel from the throat or stomach; vomit.
  • transitive v. To discharge violently; spew.
  • transitive v. To surrender (stolen goods or money, for example) unwillingly.
  • intransitive v. To discharge or pour forth contents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To vomit or spew, to discharge.
  • v. To surrender (stolen goods or money, for example) unwillingly.
  • v. To remove traces of yeast from sparkling wine by the méthode champenoise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To vomit forth what anything contains; to discharge; to make restitution.
  • transitive v. To eject or discharge by the throat and mouth; to vomit; to pour forth or throw out with violence, as if from the mouth; to discharge violently or in great quantities from a confined place.
  • transitive v. To give up unwillingly as what one has wrongfully seized and appropriated; to make restitution of; to surrender.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To eject or throw out from, or as if from, the stomach, throat, or mouth; vomit forth; discharge; pour out: generally with an implication of force or violence.
  • To give up, as something that has been taken wrongfully; surrender: as, he disgorged his ill-gotten gains.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over
  • v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Etymologies

Middle English disgorgen, from Old French desgorger : des-, dis- + gorger, to pack (from gorge, throat; see gorge).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French desgorger (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "disgorge" - the legal term of art - their millions are spreading across the legal and financial system as more news emerges about lavish paydays in hard times.

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  • Equal is seeking to force McNeil Splenda's manufacturer to revamp their advertising and "disgorge" at least $176 million in Splenda's profits.

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  • The effort to make them "disgorge" is as continual as it is noisy, and, as a rule, futile.

    "'Tis Sixty Years Since" Address of Charles Francis Adams; Founders' Day, January 16, 1913

  • In sooth, his popularity became proverbial; but it is probable, that not even his justice and humanity contributed so much to this, as the vigor with which he prosecuted his suit against "Yellow Sam," whom he compelled literally to "disgorge" the fruits of his heartless extortion.

    The Poor Scholar Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three

  • The commission said there were not mitigating factors in the case, and the panel decided it was appropriate to require Mr. Kim to "disgorge" the $15.7-million raised from investors and pay a further administrative penalty equal to double the amount he took from his victims, or

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  • Andre Jean Scerri was originally ordered only to "disgorge" the £46,062.50 profit he made from insider trading but the Tribunal ruled he should also pay a £20,000 fine after he lied to the FSA about his finances and then went on to lose "substantial funds through hundreds of trades in indices and currencies".

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  • The city is asking the court to force the company to "disgorge" all profits, to make restitution payments and pay civil penalties totaling $8.2 million.

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  • This time around, I particularly enjoyed the ironic contrast between his desire to get more government aid for all homebuyers while at the same time bemoaning the government assistance to banks that relieves any pressure to "disgorge" land at firesale prices.

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  • Evans: We need to find a way to make ministers "disgorge" information and answer questions … Senate should refuse to pass legislation …

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  • (what an unseemly figure is this, -- "disgorge," quotha, as if the vessels were sick) on the wharf, and everybody seemed to be working with might and main.

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