Definition of unplug in English:



[with object]
  • 1Disconnect (an electrical device) by removing its plug from a socket.

    ‘she unplugged the fridge’
    • ‘The only solutions are to physically unplug these appliances, or to turn off their power strips.’
    • ‘If you are one of those people who unplugs their electronic devices or turns them off whenever a storm comes, do yourself a favor and buy some ‘insurance’ and stop letting a little storm interfere with your work or enjoyment!’
    • ‘The NSC is urging people to ensure they have working smoke alarms, to cover open fires with a spark guard and to remember to extinguish candles and unplug all electrical equipment before going to bed.’
    • ‘Check that leads, plugs and sockets are undamaged and unplug all appliances.’
    • ‘Begin any replacement by removing the battery or unplugging the tool.’
    • ‘If you have to leave your home, remember to unplug your appliances, turn off the electricity and close the main water valve.’
    • ‘Before cleaning the condenser coils, unplug the refrigerator to avoid a shock hazard.’
    • ‘Yet the highlight of the night featured Sexsmith and the band attempting something very rare: unplugging their instruments and moving in front of the monitors to play an acoustic song.’
    • ‘Before Mike could think of anything else he reached behind the nightstand that both the phone and answering machine were plugged into and unplugged the answering machine.’
    • ‘‘We advise the public to unplug electronic appliances during thunderous weather to prevent damage if electricity networks are struck by lightning,’ he added.’
    • ‘Eventually, she unplugged the lamps but the overhead light continued to switch on and off for about 45 minutes.’
    • ‘The jacket will stay hot up to five hours; and when it's time for the laundry pile, just unplug the batteries and switch, and toss it in the Maytag.’
    • ‘A. To remove the washer, unplug the machine, turn off both water faucets and disconnect the water hoses from the faucets/spigots.’
    • ‘Turn off electrical items before unplugging them, and unplug items by firmly grasping the plug itself; never yank the cord.’
    • ‘So you won't be plugging and unplugging the lights every night or forgetting to flip off the switch, you can buy an outdoor electric timer that turns your outdoor lights on and off automatically.’
    • ‘She unplugged the telephone, and turned out the lights.’
    • ‘The most obvious, and the most effective, thing to do when lightening approaches is to unplug any electronic device.’
    • ‘That was the only time I ever saw Dad unplug the machine.’
    • ‘I jumped for the telephone just as the message machine picked up, unplugging the recorder and frantically answering with a forced ‘Hello?’’
    • ‘Turn off and unplug the power tool from its power source before you perform any alignment, adjustment, maintenance, or repair procedure.’
    switch off, turn out, put off, shut off, power down, flick off, extinguish, deactivate, trip
    switch off, turn off, put off, shut off, flick off
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  • 2Remove an obstacle or blockage from.

    ‘a procedure to unplug blocked arteries’
    • ‘If your contractor cannot unplug the stoppage in your service sewer, we will then meet with your contractor on-site.’
    • ‘A sure shot way of unplugging or unclogging ears is to block your nose with your fingers and blow hard from the nose.’
    • ‘For Torah study is the primary way to unplug spiritual blockage, and to remove barriers that prevent one from seeing the truth.’
    • ‘But a new gadget, called the MERCI Retriever, is being used to unplug arteries by removing clots like a corkscrew pulling a cork from a bottle.’
    • ‘Does the Zep hair removal liquid really work to unplug the bath-tub drain stoppage?’