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 Every other treadmill is unplugged to encourage physical distancing. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin gyms reopen with capacity limits and disinfectant," 21 May 2020 How To Clean Behind and Under a Dishwasher Your dishwasher is another appliance that is going to be a bit more involved than just unplugging and rolling it out of the way. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "I Didn’t Realize I Needed To Vacuum Behind My Big Kitchen Appliances Until I Pulled Out My Fridge," 20 May 2020 Jolt your senses with interesting ways to entertain yourself while unplugging screens (and saving on electricity). oregonlive, "5 ways to improve life during stay-at-home time: Unplug screens, cook, support local parks," 29 Apr. 2020 Once the refrigerator is unplugged, carefully pull the appliance away from the wall to access the coils. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, "I was looking for distraction from COVID-19, and I found a lot of dirty things in my house," 25 Apr. 2020 Turn off and unplug electronics and small appliances when not in use and don’t forget to power down your computers, screens, and printers at the end of each day. Susan Jin Davis, NBC News, "Here's how you can make a difference on Earth Day while under quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Before cleaning, unplug the phone and disconnect all accessories from the device. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "You know how to protect yourself from coronavirus. Here's how to protect your cellphone.," 5 Apr. 2020 Finally, Benson unplugged his laptop computer, handed power cords to a classmate and left, the video showed. NBC News, "Ball State professor called police to class because student would not change seats," 23 Jan. 2020 Properly store when not in use: To avoid accidental activation, unplug the cord and remove batteries when a tool is not being used. Dallas News, "Tips for using power tools like a pro," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unplug

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of unplug was in 1765

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unplug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplug. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unplug

: to disconnect (something, such as a lamp or television) from an electrical source or another device by removing its plug

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