un·​clog | \ ˌən-ˈkläg How to pronounce unclog (audio) \
unclogged; unclogging; unclogs

Definition of unclog

transitive verb

: to free from a difficulty or obstruction

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unclog


clear, free, open, unplug, unstop


block, clog (up), close, dam (up), plug (up), stop

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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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Within that, there will be some easy potential fixes that could unclog free agency. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "After Kimbrel and Keuchel Signings, the State of MLB Free Agency Remains Bleak," 12 June 2019 The company has spent tens of millions of dollars on extra equipment, labor hours and fuel to unclog the network. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, "Union Pacific’s Cure for Congestion: Imitate a Rival," 19 Sep. 2018 In, Baton Rouge voters approved a property tax increase for a mental health facility that proponents hope will provide the care people need, and unclog jails and courts. Tracey Ross, Essence, "Taraji P. Henson Speaks To Black Female Mayors About Increasing Access To Mental Health Resources," 4 June 2019 In 2017, Roto-Rooter plumbers unclogged almost 211,000 residential kitchen sinks, caused by a variety of reasons, costing American homeowners over $30 million. Lara Korte, WSJ, "Everyone* Pours Bacon Fat Down the Drain, Everyone Lies About It," 8 Aug. 2018 The heat will help to unclog the Eustachian tube, and, in turn, open and close to release built-up pressure. Brian Sumers, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Pop Your Ears on a Plane—And Why They Pop, Anyway," 10 Sep. 2018 That's why everyone should learn the basic steps to unclog a toilet, and avoid a nasty overflow situation. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Toilet," 26 Oct. 2016 The project would build a second toll lane each direction from Bothell to Lynnwood, and a second Sammamish River bridge, to unclog the bottleneck there. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Can $3 billion in toll lanes, interchanges and bus rapid transit fix I-405 gridlock?," 9 Sep. 2018 The old standby red cup plunger can work great to unclog sinks and bathtubs. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "You've Been Using the Wrong Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet," 15 Dec. 2015

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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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