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Definition of bloc

1a : a temporary combination of parties in a legislative assembly
b : a group of legislators who act together for some common purpose irrespective of party lines
2a : a combination of persons, groups, or nations forming a unit with a common interest or purpose a bloc of voters
b : a group of nations united by treaty or agreement for mutual support or joint action
3 : a quantity, number, or section of things dealt with as a unit : block … seeking to buy and sell a large bloc of shares …— Stuart Washington Potvin's outstanding bloc of games during his rookie campaign occurred during the 1993 playoffs.— Stan Fischler

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Examples of bloc in a Sentence

a voting bloc in the senate a whole bloc of students got together to complain
Recent Examples on the Web Having successfully navigated delicate negotiations over Ireland’s relations with the U.K. after its departure from the bloc, Mr. Varadkar had expected to win another term. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Leo Varadkar Might Return as Ireland’s Prime Minister, Exit Poll Shows," 8 Feb. 2020 That creates a problem for giving momentum to candidates who might not appeal to minority voters, a critical voting bloc for Democrats in the general election. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "New Hampshire voters: Let somebody else be first in the nation," 8 Feb. 2020 The European Commission has to decide if the U.K.’s privacy rules are adequate, in order to allow the free flow of personal data from the bloc—and at least one EU regulator sees big problems ahead. David Meyer, Fortune, "No time for optimism," 7 Feb. 2020 Or perhaps Klobuchar or Buttigieg, as younger alternatives to Biden who likewise avoid alienating large blocs of voters with plans for costly health care overhauls and big tax hikes. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "First Iowa results show Buttigieg with slight delegate lead over Sanders; Warren 3rd, Biden 4th," 4 Feb. 2020 British flags were quietly removed from the bloc’s many buildings in Brussels. Fox News, "Brexit prompts rowdy London parties, quiet Scottish vigils and protesters demanding public housing residents 'speak English'," 2 Feb. 2020 At Oxford, students marked Britain’s departure from the bloc by creating a website that features interviews of young people, mostly Europeans, in which they were asked to name their most formative, best and worst European moments. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Britain’s Brexit Shrug: Let’s Just Get On With It," 31 Jan. 2020 There was also sadness in Brussels as British flags were quietly removed from the bloc’s many buildings. Anchorage Daily News, "Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown," 31 Jan. 2020 Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.'s departure from the bloc, postponing it until Jan. 31. Samuel Petrequin,, "European Union delays Brexit to Jan. 31 as Boris Johnson’s early election bid fails," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bloc

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bloc

French, literally, block

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bloc.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloc

: a group of people or countries that are connected by a treaty or agreement or by common goals

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