unblock

If you unblock something, you free it or clear it of anything that's in its way. A plumber's frequent task is to unblock pipes so water can move through them.

You can unblock your stuffed-up nose by blowing into a tissue, or unblock the driveway by moving your bike into the garage. Cardiologists, or heart doctors, often need to operate on patients in order to unblock their clogged arteries, so blood can flow freely. Unblock comes from adding the "reversal" prefix un- to the verb block, "obstruct or hinder passage."

Primary Meanings of unblock

1.
v
clear or remove an obstruction from
2.
v
play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding
Full Definitions of unblock
1

v clear or remove an obstruction from

“the procedure unblocked his arteries”
Type of:
loosen up, unstuff
cause to become unblocked

v make (assets) available

Synonyms:
free, release, unfreeze
Antonyms:
block, freeze, immobilise, immobilize
prohibit the conversion or use of (assets)
Type of:
issue, supply
circulate or distribute or equip with
2

v play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding

Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

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