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 First, always remember to unplug or remove the power source before taking apart an appliance. Karen Wytmans, Better Homes & Gardens, "Learning Simple Appliance Repairs on YouTube Saved Me So Much Money," 27 Apr. 2021 For those who continue to use the treadmill, CPSC recommended keeping it in a locked room, away from objects including exercise balls, and to unplug and store its safety key out of reach of children when not in use. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "Consumer regulatory agency issues 'urgent warning' about Peloton treadmill," 17 Apr. 2021 Then, unplug the electric coils from the side of the burner. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, "How To Clean Every Type of Stovetop," 9 Apr. 2021 The entire company is getting the time off as an opportunity to unplug, recharge and avoid burnout. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "To prevent burnout, LinkedIn is giving its entire company the week off," 2 Apr. 2021 My nighttime skin care routine is a chance to unplug from everything — putting my phone away, shelving a book, sliding my blinds shut — and just focus on myself (and my face). NBC News, "Staff picks: 9 sleep aids the Shopping team relies on," 22 Mar. 2021 To remove the material, unplug your dryer and turn off the gas line (if the dryer has one). Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Creative things you can do with a vacuum," 6 Mar. 2021 Loftie is the smart alarm clock that wants to help you unplug. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "Let the feature-packed Loftie smart alarm clock wake you up without screens," 18 Mar. 2021 This one shows you, in real time, when to charge and when to unplug to maximize your battery’s life. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "True or false: You shouldn’t charge your phone overnight," 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unplug

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Last Updated

13 May 2021

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“Unplug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unplug. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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