block out

phrasal verb

blocked out; blocking out; blocks out
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
: to force oneself not to think about (something)
He tried to block the event out.
3
: to ignore (something)
blocking out distractions

Examples of block out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before the moon blocked out the sun for those four minutes. Eric Larsen, The Indianapolis Star, 19 May 2024 Dodgers Plaschke: Shohei Ohtani has sweeping Dodgers dreaming of a different October May 5, 2024 For now, his focus remains fixed on the mechanics of his swing, the recovery of his arm and the blocking out of any fallout from Mizuhara’s legal proceedings. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2024 To use a Supercharger, Tesla requires that users register their vehicle in the app, which effectively blocks out any vehicles that are not Tesla, Rivian, or Ford from using a Supercharger. Logan Carter / Jalopnik, Quartz, 13 May 2024 Listen to music, podcasts, and e-books for up to 30 hours on a full charge, plus block out surrounding noise with the wireless earbuds’ noise cancellation feature. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 But a bomber jacket is nice for blocking out the wind and preventing goosebumps when the day suddenly turns overcast, plus they’re backed by other stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gigi Hadid. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 Colorful signs decorate the narrow streets at all stories, blocking out the city sky and filling it with life. John Clifford, Travel + Leisure, 20 Apr. 2024 Several media reports have called into question the 2024 solar eclipse path, or where the moon's shadow will pass over Earth when the moon partially blocks out the sun, John Tufts reports. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2024 The metro celebrated the rare occurrence with watch parties and cheered as the moon blocked out the sun. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 8 Apr. 2024

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“Block out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/block%20out. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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