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verb (used with object), un·plugged, un·plug·ging.
  1. to remove a plug or stopper from.
  2. to free of an obstruction; unclog: a pill to unplug clogged arteries.
  3. to disconnect (an appliance, a telephone, etc.) by removing its plug from an outlet: to unplug a toaster.
  4. to remove (an electric plug with its cord) from an outlet.
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verb (used without object), un·plugged, un·plug·ging.
  1. to become unplugged.
  2. to refrain from using digital or electronic devices for a period of time: It's a great place to relax and unplug.
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Origin of unplug

First recorded in 1765–75; un-2 + plug
Related formsun·plug·ga·ble, adjective
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Related Words for unplugged

accessible, wide, clear, free, susceptible, draw, use, utilize, pump, penetrate, open, shut, unplug, exposed, stripped, bare, rent, removed, unblocked, unlocked

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Contemporary Examples of unplugged

Historical Examples of unplugged

  • He unplugged with a vicious jerk, and turned to the pilot with a grin.

    Spacehounds of IPC

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Into the unplugged end she poured all the kerosene there was in a battered can.

  • What about sending a few men in through the fifth level portal, the one you've unplugged?

    Lion Loose

    James H. Schmitz

  • I unplugged one of her bedside screens and attached my Xbox to it so that we could both login at once.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • He removed the little radio from his pocket, unplugged the earphone, and put the radio on top of the cereal.

British Dictionary definitions for unplugged


  1. (of a performer or performance of popular music) using acoustic rather than electric instrumentsEric Clapton unplugged; an unplugged version of the song
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verb -plugs, -plugging or -plugged (tr)
  1. to disconnect (an electrical appliance) by taking the plug out of the socket
  2. to remove a plug or obstruction from
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