unplug

verb
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 For consumers, especially millennials fluent in Goop-speak and hungry for ways to unplug from 24-7 work and digital lives, lavender has come to mean calm. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "Why Does Everything Smell, So Peacefully, of Lavender?," 14 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple — walk around the block, unplugged from your phone. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: When I say I don’t want to get married, they argue with me," 13 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple — walk around the block, unplugged from your phone. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Procrastinator will definitely get to it later," 13 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple – walk around the block, unplugged from your phone. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Procrastinator will definitely get to it later," 13 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple -- walk around the block, unplugged from your phone. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Why do I lack motivation to do things I love to do?," 13 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple — walk around the block, unplugged from your phone. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Procrastinator will definitely get to it later," 13 Sep. 2019 The promise of the gig economy was about unplugging from the Matrix. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A New California Law Takes Aim at Uber and Lyft," 12 Sep. 2019 Keep it simple -- walk around the block, unplugged from your phone. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Ask Amy: Procrastinator will definitely get to it later," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of unplug

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of unplug was in 1765

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unplug

verb
How to pronounce unplug (audio)

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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