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1block/ˈblɑːk/noun
pluralblocks
1block
/ˈblɑːk/
noun
pluralblocks
Learner's definition of BLOCK  
[count]  : a solid piece of material (such as rock or wood) that has flat sides and is usually square or rectangular in shape
[count] 
: an area of land surrounded by four streets in a city
   b  US  : the length of one city block
[count]  : a large building divided into separate units (such as apartments or shops)
◊ This sense of block is more common in British English than in U.S. English.
[singular]  : something that stops the progress or achievement of something
[count]sports  : an action or movement that stops or slows down an opponent
[singular]  : something that stops a person from thinking about certain things
[count] 
: a number of similar things that form a group
   b  : an amount or section of something

chip off the old block

— see 1chip

knock someone's block off

— see 1knock

new kid on the block

— see 1kid

on the block

oron the auction block
: for sale at an auction
broadly  : for sale
2block/ˈblɑːk/verb
blocksblockedblocking
2block
/ˈblɑːk/
verb
blocksblockedblocking
Learner's definition of BLOCK  
[+ object] 
: to be placed in front of (something, such as a road or path) so that people or things cannot pass through — sometimes + up
   b  : to place something in front of (something, such as a road) so that people or things cannot go into the area — often + off
[+ object] 
: to stop (someone or something) from moving through or going by
   b  : to stop (something) from getting through to someone or something
   c  : to be in front of (something) so that it cannot be seen
[+ object] 
: to not allow (something, such as progress or an action) to occur
   b  : to be in the way of (something)
sports  : to stop the movement of (an opponent, a shot, etc.).
[+ object]
[no object]

block in

[phrasal verb]
block in (someone or something) or block (someone or something) in 
: to put something in front of (someone or something) so that person or thing cannot leave

block out

[phrasal verb]
block out (something) or block (something) out 
: to hide or cover something so that it cannot be seen, felt, or heard
: to force yourself not to think about (something) : to ignore (something)

— blocker

noun,pluralblockers[count]
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