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block

noun [C]  /blɑk/ us  

block noun [C] (AREA OF A CITY)

the buildings next to each other between crossing streets, or the distance from one street to the next in a city or town: There’s a good deli on this block. A block is also an area enclosed by four streets that form a rectangle in a city or town: The new building will take up an entire city block.

block noun [C] (LUMP)

a solid, straight-sided lump of hard material: The warehouse stores building material, including cement blocks. A block is also a child’s toy, usually a set of pieces of wood that can be arranged to make structures, walls, etc.

block noun [C] (GROUP)

a group of things considered together, or an amount of something: a block of tickets/seats a block of time

block

verb [T]  /blɑk/ us  

block verb [T] (PREVENT)

to prevent movement through or past something, or to prevent something from happening or succeeding: A fallen tree blocked the road. A large man in front of me blocked my view. Earl scored 28 points and blocked five shots. Congress blocked US aid to the government because of its segregation and human rights policies.
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