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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Examples of unblock in a Sentence

A procedure was done to unblock his arteries. unblock the road so that the convoy can proceed
Recent Examples on the Web Fouts, in effect, seeks to unblock the block, hoping the deal can get approval in a future City Council vote. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Seeking 28-dispensary deal, Warren mayor vetoes city council's vote to keep limit at 15," 28 Nov. 2020 So the school has always been about students’ agency and the students being at the center of their learning, and that the adults are there to always help and unblock. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Electric vehicle stocks recover, but the road may not end well," 18 Nov. 2020 Johnson will speak to European Council President Charles Michel later on Wednesday, his office said, in an attempt to unblock the negotiations. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Plans to Quit Brexit Talks If No Deal Clear Next Week," 7 Oct. 2020 Such an initiative could help unblock Kuwait’s gridlocked politics and restore some balance among the different branches of the ruling family. Fiona Macdonald, Bloomberg.com, "New Kuwait Emir Takes Over Economy Constrained by Politics," 30 Sep. 2020 Epic is seeking a temporary court order that would force Apple to unblock Fortnite from its iOS App Store. Brian Fung, CNN, "Judge in Apple 'Fortnite' case slams Epic's tactics, hints at July trial date," 28 Sep. 2020 But lawyers say the White House has refused to unblock those who can't identify which tweet led them to be blocked and others who were blocked before Trump was sworn in more than three years ago. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, "Lawsuit: Trump still blocks Twitter critics after court loss," 31 July 2020 Cutler said troopers don’t always issue a traction citation since other traffic offenses are often at play, such as careless driving, and their priority is to unblock the highway. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "More Colorado drivers are following I-70 traction rules — and crashes are down," 22 Jan. 2020 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei in recent weeks has repeatedly blocked — then unblocked, then re-blocked — deportation flights from the United States transporting Guatemalans who had entered the U.S. illegally. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s message to Central America: Want ventilators? Help us with immigration," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Unblock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unblock. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unblock

: to stop (something) from being blocked

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