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block out

Definition of block out

  1. 1 :  to hide or cover something so that it cannot be seen, felt, or heard <Clouds blocked out the sun.> <We put on music to block out the sound of the traffic.>

  2. 2 :  to force oneself not to think about (something) <He tried to block the event out.>

  3. 3 :  to ignore (something) <blocking out distractions>



Word by Word Definitions

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  1. : :  a compact usually solid piece of substantial material especially when worked or altered to serve a particular purpose: as

    :  the piece of wood on which the neck of a person condemned to be beheaded is laid for execution

    :  a mold or form on which articles are shaped or displayed

  1. :  to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction

    :  blockade

    :  to hinder the passage, progress, or accomplishment of by or as if by interposing an obstruction

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball


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