un·​friend | \ ˌən-ˈfrend How to pronounce unfriend (audio) \
unfriended; unfriending; unfriends

Definition of unfriend

transitive verb

: to remove (someone) from a list of designated friends on a person's social networking website

Examples of unfriend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel said today is the day to unfriend them. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 Some had gone so far as to unfriend people who seemed particularly clueless. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 People are very loath to actually unfriend or stop following a person altogether. Megan Marples, CNN, 26 Feb. 2021 While some people choose to take a social media hiatus and delete apps, others might just unfriend people who have different political views. USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2021 Ewell's alleged post, a screenshot of which was originally reported in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, implored any Facebook friends who may have voted for Biden or are Democrats to unfriend him on the social media platform. Alec Snyder And Jonathan Kubiak, CNN, 17 Nov. 2020 Paul Ewell, who was dean of the school’s global campus and a professor of management, business and economics, took to Facebook after the election to tell Biden supporters to unfriend him, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2020 Ewell wrote on Facebook that all Biden supporters or Democrats should unfriend him, NBC affiliate WAVY of Norfolk reported. NBC News, 16 Nov. 2020 There are many completely valid reasons to unfollow, unfriend or block someone across social media platforms. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unfriend

2003, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfriend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfriend. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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