un·​plug | \ ??n-?pl?g 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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                    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 One person wrote on the Apple forum that the charging cable sometimes has to be unplugged and then plugged back in for charging to work. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "iPhone XS and XS Max Users Report Issues With Device Charging," 2 Oct. 2018 When in doubt, unplug it, then plug it back in again. David Pierce, WSJ, "33 Mostly Free Ways to Fix Your Family’s Tech Problems," 23 Dec. 2018 In a new interview with BuzzFeed for her bareMinerals partnership, Hailey opened up about the ways unplugging from her phone ultimately benefits her mental health. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Bieber on Social Media and Self-Care," 12 Jan. 2019 The process is basically the same for the front and rear: Roll down the windows, remove the door check arm, unplug the wiring, drop the two hinge bolts, pull off the limit strap, and lift it free. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How Long Does It Take to Remove the Doors on a Wrangler?," 31 Dec. 2018 Vinyl record players replace television sets, and a private beach paired with access to the Adventure Garage—home to surfboards, hiking and diving gear, beach toys, and more—encourages guests to unplug during their time in Laguna. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "You’ll Never Want to Leave Laguna Beach’s Newest Hotel," 17 Aug. 2018 Federal regulators believe oil and gas is leaking from at least one unplugged well. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Company can be ordered to drill to end 14-year-old oil leak," 21 Nov. 2018

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                    First Known Use of unplug

                    1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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                    27 Apr 2019

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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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