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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Synonyms & Antonyms for unplug


clear, free, open, unclog, unstop


block, clog (up), close, dam (up), plug (up), stop

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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

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And for guys who have to work Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, having a month off around the Fourth of July is a nice time to unplug ahead of a long season. Albert Breer, SI.com, "As NFL Training Camp Looms, Pressure’s on for Rodgers, LaFleur and the Packers," 27 June 2019 In the episode’s climax, the robot makes the decision to unplug Ashley from life support, arguing that her human self wouldn’t want to live in a vegetative state. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Black Mirror: ‘Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too’ Is a Fascinating Jumble," 5 June 2019 The national mood on this matter was nicely summarized in a recent New York Times book review that mentioned one man’s effort to unplug completely from the churn of daily news: His life seemed sad and lonely, not exhilarating. Christopher Beha, Harper's magazine, "Winning the Peace," 10 May 2019 Elegant and romantic, the five-star property is ideal for ~adults~ looking to unplug and unwind (sorry not sorry, don't bring your kids). Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Nantucket, Massachusetts," 10 May 2019 So can mindfulness meditation, journaling, quality time with good friends, ballet, curling up with tea and a book, therapy, and unplugging from tech. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Small but Impactful Health Habits to Lock Down in Your 20s," 19 Apr. 2019 And, once the hangouts are planned via the app, you and all your friends can officially unplug from your phones instead of endlessly scrolling during quality time. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The New App That's Making Meeting Up With Friends Easier," 26 Mar. 2019 Even if the device itself is unplugged from the charger, the plug may still consume a few milliamps of current. Zachary Palmer, Popular Mechanics, "How To Diagnose a Dead Battery," 26 Jan. 2017 In short, the dream of just unplugging your laptop from a USB-C dongle, plugging in your iPad, and having all of your screens, hard drives, and accessories work may not be as simple as the ports contend. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Adding USB-C to the iPad isn’t enough to fix Apple’s messy port strategy," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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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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