un·​block | \ ˌən-ˈbläk How to pronounce unblock (audio) \
unblocked; unblocking; unblocks

Definition of unblock

transitive verb

: to free from being blocked

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clear, free, open



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Examples of unblock in a Sentence

A procedure was done to unblock his arteries. unblock the road so that the convoy can proceed

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South could have succeeded by unblocking his queen. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: June 12, 2019," 12 June 2019 Blocking and unblocking people essentially leads to the same end result, but this avoids the awkwardness of someone potentially realizing they were blocked — even for a short window. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Instagram is testing feature that allows public accounts to remove followers," 17 July 2018 Now in its 10th day, the national strike by Brazilian truck drivers has weakened as the army and Federal Police work to unblock roads. Fabiana Batista, Bloomberg.com, "Soy Arrives at Port, Poultry Plants Resume: Brazil Strike Update," 30 May 2018 Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Reuters that Trump’s Twitter handle on Monday unblocked his seven plaintiffs. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "DOJ appeals ruling that Trump cannot block Twitter users: report," 2 Oct. 2018 Kim celebrated but then decided to make Thompson unblock her then and there. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Forces Tristan Thompson to Unblock Her on Instagram as They Mark Khloé's Birthday," 28 June 2018 Gibson confirmed that she’d been unblocked from the @MikeParson Twitter account. Tessa Weinberg And Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Greitens, Parson blocked people on social media. Parson says he’s stopping now," 14 June 2018 Trump on Monday unblocked seven plaintiffs who’d sued after the president prohibited them from seeing his active Twitter feed. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Donald Trump Has Unblocked Some Critics on Twitter, But He Clearly Isn't Happy About It," 5 June 2018 May got her ministers to agree this month to a last-resort plan aimed at unblocking Brexit talks that could see the U.K. remain tied to EU trading rules as a temporary measure. Brian Swint, Bloomberg.com, "Rees-Mogg Says He Doesn't Want to Be Prime Minister," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of unblock

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unblock was circa 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of unblock

: to stop (something) from being blocked

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