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 Prosecutors hope that the court will reverse Mr Toffoli’s decision, unblocking investigations into Flávio and other alleged wrongdoers. The Economist, "Jair Bolsonaro has given up on his anti-graft crusade," 25 July 2019 An interest-rate cut won’t help unblock the credit pipeline for private businesses, and that’s the thornier challenge for China’s policy makers. Washington Post, "Why We Can Forget About a Rate Cut in China," 18 Sep. 2019 When Trump declined to unblock followers, the Knight Institute sued the president, winning its case last month. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "AOC gets schooled by the same free-speech advocates that sued Donald Trump," 29 Aug. 2019 As well as freeing journalists, Prime Minister Abiy also released political prisoners, unblocked hundreds of websites, and appointed women to half of his cabinet posts. Samuel Woodhams, CNN, "Ethiopia's leader promised to protect freedom of expression. But he keeps flicking the internet kill switch," 15 July 2019 Adam Best, proprietor of the podcast The Left, is a Trump critic who was blocked by Trump on Twitter until a federal judge ordered the president to unblock dozens of such critics. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "President Trump likens first lady Melania Trump to 'Jackie O' but Twitter objects," 14 June 2019 The three-judge panel last month upheld a May 2018 lower court ruling that forced Trump to unblock several dozen followers. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Trump challenges court order barring Twitter blocks," 23 Aug. 2019 After that ruling, the White House unblocked the specific plaintiffs’ accounts — but not other users who were not involved in the case — while filing an appeal. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Trump Can’t Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules," 9 July 2019 On the second, Ryan saw Peppers speeding toward him unblocked and fumbled the ball before impact. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 63, Julius Peppers," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of unblock

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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8 Oct 2019

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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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not being in agreement or harmony

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