un·​fol·​low ˌən-ˈfä-lō How to pronounce unfollow (audio)
unfollowed; unfollowing; unfollows

transitive verb

: to stop subscribing to the feed of (someone or something) on social media : to stop following see follow entry 1 sense 8e
I had to recently defriend on Facebook and unfollow on Twitter several men and women for this very reason.Emma Barnett
In three simple steps, here's how to make someone unfollow you on Instagram without blocking them or risking them noticing.Kaitlyn Wylde

Examples of unfollow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pippen also added a poll to her Instagram Story on Sunday asking whether friends should automatically unfollow their friends’ exes on social media. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 Commenters on social media have responded to posts that include the symbol with Israeli flag emojis, calls to unfollow the posters’ accounts and accusations of antisemitism. Callie Holtermann, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023 Suzanne Somers’ husband pens her a love poem the day before her death, Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra unfollow each other on Instagram, Wolfgang Van Halen ties the knot, and Maren Morris files for divorce from Ryan Hurd. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 19 Oct. 2023 Fans quickly wondered whether this would cause tension between Simi and Gomez, who are longtime friends (Simi is also close to The Weeknd's other ex, Hadid — who appeared to unfollow her on Instagram after news of their romance broke). Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 28 Aug. 2023 Your sign to unfollow p ...See more original sound - Hira Mustafa How beauty filters have impacted my self esteem. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 28 Feb. 2023 Turn off social media or unfollow those who upset you (or follow body-positive accounts to shift your perspective). David Oliver, USA TODAY, 13 July 2023 The subtle social media gesture had fans wondering if something happened between Sydney and Glen during filming that caused Gigi to go out of her way to unfollow her boyfriend’s co-star. Seventeen, 26 Apr. 2023 For example, skip television commercials or unfollow food brands on social media. Esther Crain, Health, 19 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2008, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfollow was in 2008

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Cite this Entry

“Unfollow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfollow. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


un·​fol·​low ˌən-ˈfä-lō How to pronounce unfollow (audio)
: to stop subscribing to the feed of (someone or something) on social media : to stop following
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