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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People who are part of the system, most of them not ready to be unplugged. Armond White, National Review, "Is The Matrix the Conservative’s Star Wars?," 30 Aug. 2019 Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shutoff from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances. Randy Diamond, ExpressNews.com, "Heat wave sets all-time record for CPS Energy usage," 14 Aug. 2019 Begin by unplugging the extension cord from the wall and turning the meter’s dial to the Ohm setting. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Digital Multimeter," 25 July 2019 Turn off or unplug all appliances to prevent an electrical overload when power is restored. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "DTE Energy: 80K customers remain without power," 23 July 2019 Smoke detectors in Lopez’s bedroom and one of the children’s rooms were unplugged or removed, according to the prosecutor. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trial begins for Rancho Bernardo man charged in condo fire that killed 2 children," 4 Sep. 2019 Or Egypt, where the government unplugged the internet in 2011. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "The Cypherpunks Tapping Bitcoin via Ham Radio," 27 June 2019 The clash of these planets could be seriously un-motivating, so focus on enjoying your time off and unplugging to prepare your mind and body for the week ahead. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 9 June 2019 Train travel allows us to slow things down, unplug a bit and really take in the journey. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Nice and Slow: 3 Luxurious Train Journeys Everyone Should Take In Their Lifetime," 29 July 2019

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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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