un·block | \ˌən-ˈbläk \
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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The judge had not ordered the president to unblock them as part of the ruling, instead leaving it up to the White House to decide how to respond to her ruling. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "White House Unblocks Twitter Users Who Sued Trump, but Appeals Ruling," 5 June 2018 At the party, Kim asks him to unblock her on Instagram. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "It Took 78 Days For The Entire Kardashian Family To Forgive Tristan Thompson," 28 June 2018 Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told Reuters that Trump’s Twitter handle on Monday unblocked his seven plaintiffs. Fox News, "DOJ appeals ruling that Trump cannot block Twitter users: report," 5 June 2018 The judge declined to order Trump to unblock users, saying her decision should be sufficient to force a change in behavior. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Judge Rules Trump Can’t Block People on Twitter," 23 May 2018 Facebook disclosed a bug this morning that affected about 800,000 users by unblocking at least one person on that user’s block list for around one week. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Facebook bug randomly unblocked some users from people’s block lists," 2 July 2018 Sanchez had offered instead to unblock regional legislation on social issues affecting energy consumption, health services or poverty alleviation, among others. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to breach gap over secession," 9 July 2018 Facebook announced on Monday that a programming bug caused the service to briefly unblock a number of accounts that users had blocked. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Security News This Week: A Facebook Bug Unblocked Users for a Week," 7 July 2018 The site was unblocked only after the company’s chief executive issued a grovelling public apology. The Economist, "A deadline looms in China’s battle with foreign firms over Taiwan," 5 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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