un·​plug | \ ˌən-ˈpləg How to pronounce unplug (audio) \
unplugged; unplugging; unplugs

Definition of unplug

transitive verb

1a : to take a plug out of
b : to remove an obstruction from
2a : to remove (a plug, such as an electric plug) from a socket or receptacle
b : to disconnect from an electric circuit by removing a plug unplug the refrigerator

intransitive verb

: to temporarily refrain from using electronic devices (such as computers or smartphones) If you go on a summer vacation, how much are you willing to truly unplug? For many of us, it can be hard to put the phone down.— Ari Shapiro also : to temporarily withdraw from the responsibilities and obligations of everyday life (such as work or home duties) Think of yourself as a human being instead of a human doer and make a conscious effort to unplug and recharge. — Bryan Robinson

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Examples of unplug in a Sentence

I forgot to unplug my guitar from the amp. the chimney should work just fine once it is unplugged and cleaned out
Recent Examples on the Web Most surge protectors can’t handle anything this large, so don’t rely on them during lightning storms—the best way to protect from this type of surge is to unplug your sensitive electronic equipment. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 28 June 2022 The Pacific Crest Trail is supposed to provide an escape from society, a place where a person can unplug and explore the wild and scenic landscapes that inspired America’s early naturalists. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2022 Unplug Illinois Day is a statewide effort to encourage people to unplug from their electronic devices to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities. Mike Danahey, Chicago Tribune, 7 July 2022 Beautiful beaches, peaks, rivers, lakes, and trails (even monoliths in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve) make these parks the perfect place to unplug and unwind. Outside Online, 8 June 2022 Turn the fuel switch off and unplug the extension cords. Lexi Whitehead, The Enquirer, 22 June 2022 During this time, the employee would be able to unplug and decompress and then come back to work fully recharged. Nick Leighton, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Remove leaves, twigs or anything stuck in the grille slats with a shop vacuum, utility vacuum or brush. Turn off the circuit breaker and unplug the unit before undertaking any wet cleaning steps. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 Saturday’s Unplug Illinois Day was celebrated at the Grove in Glenview, inviting people to unplug their TVs and devices and plug into recreational activities and nature for just one day. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unplug

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Aug 2022

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“Unplug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplug. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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