de·​friend (ˌ)dē-ˈfrend How to pronounce defriend (audio)
defriending; defriended; defriends

transitive verb

: to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a social networking website : unfriend
Facebook users may also choose to "defriend" any of their previously added friends, at which point that individual will have restricted access to the user's information if privacy settings are enabled.Rahul S. Chauhan et al.
Get rid of all memorabilia of your relationship and defriend your ex's friends and family on Facebook.Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

Examples of defriend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, members of a Washington, D.C., governmental committee, wanting to defriend him sometime soon, can’t even find their own beds. Jay Ambrose Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, 8 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

2004, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of defriend was in 2004

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“Defriend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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