blacklist

noun
black·​list | \ ˈblak-ˌlist How to pronounce blacklist (audio) \

Definition of blacklist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a list of persons who are disapproved of or are to be punished or boycotted
2 : a list of banned or excluded things of disreputable character a domain-name blacklist … helped the government keep marijuana on the blacklist.— Cynthia Cotts

blacklist

verb
blacklisted; blacklisting; blacklists

Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put on a blacklist

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Other Words from blacklist

Verb

blacklister noun

Examples of blacklist in a Sentence

Noun

He's on the FBI's blacklist. The rental company has created a blacklist of bad drivers.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Washington has put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. firms from selling to the company without government approval. Washington Post, "The Latest: China mum on plan for Japan meeting with Trump," 11 June 2019 Washington has put Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. firms from selling to the company without government approval. Fox News, "China telecom giant Huawei hints US pressure hurting sales," 11 June 2019 The sale of American technology to someone on the blacklist requires a special license. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Huawei Strikes a 5G Deal in Russia as the Chinese Tech Giant Remains on U.S. Blacklist," 6 June 2019 The administration has also placed Chinese telecom giant Huawei on a blacklist that effectively bars U.S. companies from supplying it with computer chips, software and other components without government approval. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019 Although most of Europe has yet to blacklist Mahan Air, Germany earlier this week banned the airliner, citing security concerns. Ian Talley, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Two Airline Companies for Aiding Iran," 24 Jan. 2019 By Saturday, a travel blacklist foiled Mr. Najib’s attempt to leave for Indonesia with his wife. New York Times, "A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’," 15 May 2018 That'll have its own set of throttles and perhaps even new blacklists if further problems are detected. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is now fully available—for “advanced” users," 18 Dec. 2018 The country’s online blacklist is constantly evolving and includes local and international news sites and advocacy groups like Reporters Without Borders, a press-freedom group, and Avaaz, an activism site. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Throughout Middle East, the Web Is Being Walled Off," 18 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And then there’s the potential for damaging retaliation by China, which could blacklist important US companies like Apple that do business there. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The unintended consequences of Trump’s ban on Huawei are starting to appear," 8 June 2019 Some of those chipmakers have reportedly stopped supplying Huawei after the company was blacklisted. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Huawei Strikes a 5G Deal in Russia as the Chinese Tech Giant Remains on U.S. Blacklist," 6 June 2019 Beijing vowed to retaliate, issuing a travel warning for the U.S. and threatening to blacklist foreign firms. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Boeing in talks to sell 100 jets to China amid rising trade tensions," 5 June 2019 About 80 miles northwest, the USS Milius and a Japanese warship were following a tanker blacklisted by the United Nations for smuggling oil into North Korea. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "‘We Got Them’: A U.S. Destroyer Hunts for North Korean Oil Smugglers," 14 Apr. 2019 Kim Yong Chol, the leader of a North Korean delegation visiting Seoul and an official blacklisted by both the United States and South Korea for his role in the nuclear weapons program, seemed to obfuscate Monday. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "South Korea’s president urges both Washington and Pyongyang to be pragmatic," 26 Feb. 2018 Treasury noted while the sanctions are being lifted on the three companies, Deripaska will remain blacklisted as part of a number of sanctions announced last April that targeted tycoons with close ties to the Kremlin. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Treasury lifts sanctions against 3 Russian companies," 28 Jan. 2019 Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube all recently removed Jones' accounts from their platforms, and Apple and Spotify have blacklisted Jones' podcasts. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "PayPal bans Alex Jones, saying he “promoted hate”," 21 Sep. 2018 But the Raffs took their case to the European Union’s antitrust watchdogs, arguing that Google had deliberately blacklisted them. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The long, tortured quest to make Google unbiased," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of blacklist

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1702, in the meaning defined above

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blacklist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blacklist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a list of people, organizations, etc., that are disapproved of or that are to be punished or avoided

blacklist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say that a person, company, etc., should be avoided or not allowed to do something : to place (someone or something) on a blacklist

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