unfriend

verb
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 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, "Dean at Virginia university resigns after alleged Facebook post calling Biden voters 'anti-American' and 'anti-Christian'," 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, "Virginia Wesleyan University dean resigns after calling Biden supporters ‘ignorant’," 17 Nov. 2020 Ewell wrote on Facebook that all Biden supporters or Democrats should unfriend him, NBC affiliate WAVY of Norfolk reported. NBC News, "Virginia professor resigns after Facebook post calls Biden supporters 'anti-Christian'," 16 Nov. 2020 There are many completely valid reasons to unfollow, unfriend or block someone across social media platforms. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Long-ago cheating leaves wife ruminating," 26 Oct. 2020 There are many completely valid reasons to unfollow, unfriend, or block someone across social media platforms. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Long-ago infidelity haunts woman for 20 years," 26 Oct. 2020 To unfriend someone, tap the three dots next to their name. David Nield, Popular Science, "It’s time to purge the worst people in your social media feeds," 25 Mar. 2020 My cousin is quite right wing and has been particularly rude and insulting (to the point of unfriending on social media). Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Aspiring lawyer rests his case," 3 Sep. 2019 My cousin is quite right wing and has been particularly rude and insulting (to the point of unfriending on social media). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Aspiring lawyer rests his case," 3 Sep. 2019

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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 20 Jan. 2021.

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