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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


blacklisted; blacklisting; blacklists

Definition of blacklist (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put on a blacklist

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blacklister noun

Examples of blacklist in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

China has not provided details about which companies would be included on its blacklist or what measures would be taken against them. The Economist, "Business this week," 8 June 2019 The Trump administration added Huawei to a trade blacklist last month, barring US companies from selling or exporting technology and components to the Chinese tech firm without first obtaining a US government license. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "FedEx sues US Commerce Department over export restrictions that affect Huawei," 25 June 2019 The Immigration Department of Malaysia said on Saturday in a post on its Facebook page that Mr. Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, had been placed on a blacklist that prevented them from leaving the country. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Malaysia’s Prime Minister Bars Najib Razak From Leaving," 12 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company has been quietly blacklisted by US carriers for some time, but is now explicitly banned from US networks and from partnering with US tech companies. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "FedEx refused to deliver a Huawei phone into the US," 21 June 2019 The Commerce Department last month blacklisted telecommunications giant Huawei, further heightening tensions with Beijing. CBS News, "U.S. blacklists 5 Chinese supercomputing groups ahead of trade talks," 21 June 2019 Other services include blocking calls, blacklisting unwanted phone numbers, reverse searching incoming call information, and receiving spam alerts. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "How to Stop Spam Robocalls From Clogging up Your Phone," 11 June 2019 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,, "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

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First Known Use of blacklist


1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1702, in the meaning defined above

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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



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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