un·clog | \ ˌən-ˈkläg \
unclogged; unclogging; unclogs

Definition of unclog 

transitive verb

: to free from a difficulty or obstruction

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unclog


ease, facilitate, grease, loosen (up), smooth



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Examples of unclog in a Sentence

He had a procedure done to unclog his arteries. finding ways to unclog busy roads

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The Department of Public Works will continue to clear and unclog catch basins, and residents should call 311 to report catch basins that are not fully functioning. Ben Estes, NOLA.com, "How New Orleans is preparing for Alberto," 26 May 2018 The latter figure also includes purchase of a new jet truck, used to unclog lines, estimated at $150,000. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air's final budget set at $16.6 million, tax rates unchanged," 25 May 2018 If possible, run a thin wire brush through the inside to unclog the holes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "It's grilling season: Before firing up that grill, take time to clean," 23 May 2018 With him and Ohtani both off the table, the rest of the free agent market could unclog in time for an active five days in Orlando. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Stories to watch at MLB's Winter Meetings," 10 Dec. 2017 The lightweight serum is formulated with 88 percent willow bark water and salicylate, which help unclog pores while soothing inflammation. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The New Cosrx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid Is Like Glass Skin in a Bottle," 9 Apr. 2018 Critical life skills include unclogging all the hair from your shower drain, bringing the car to a shop when that blinky light goes off, memorizing Selena Gomez song lyrics, and, of course, putting on a condom. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "How to Put on a Condom, As Illustrated By A Rly Cute Banana," 17 Feb. 2017 Keep a couple wire hangers around to help unclog a kitchen sink. Fox News, "11 surprising items that aren’t recyclable," 17 Mar. 2018 Also worth noting, is the new Pore Patrol Mask ($16), a soufflé formula whipped with bentonite clay and glycolic acid to remove oil and unclog pores. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Bliss, the Fan-Favorite Spa Brand, Is Relaunching All of Its Skin and Body Care Products," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unclog

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unclog was circa 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of unclog

: to open (something) so things can pass or flow through

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