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block

noun uk   /blɒk/ us    /blɑːk/

block noun (AREA)

A2 [C] mainly US the distance along a street from where one road crosses it to the place where the next road crosses it, or one part of a street like this, especially in a town or city: The museum is just six blocks away. My friend and I live on the same block.Areas in towns and cities A2 [C] a square group of buildings or houses with roads on each side: I took a walk around the block.Areas in towns and cities round/around the block on the next street that crosses this street: He lives just around the block.Areas in towns and cities

block noun (PIECE)

B2 [C] a solid, straight-sided piece of hard material: a block of wood/iceMasses and large amounts of things the block [S] (in the past) a large piece of wood on which criminals had their head cut off: Anne Boleyn went to (= was killed on) the block.Death penalties

block noun (BUILDING)

B1 [C] a large, usually tall building divided into separate parts for use as offices or homes by several different organizations or people: an office blockUK a tower blockUK a block of flatsBuildings in generalShops, markets and auctionsRestaurants and cafes

block noun (GROUP)

[C] a group of things bought, dealt with, or considered together: a block of tickets/seats/shares Corporate hospitality firms make block bookings (= buy large numbers of seats) at big sporting events.Groups and collections of thingsVariety and mixtures

block noun (OBJECT BLOCKING)

C2 [C usually singular] something that blocks a tube or opening: A block in (= an object blocking) the pipe was preventing the water from coming through.
Synonym
Closing and blocking

block

verb [T] uk   /blɒk/ us    /blɑːk/
B2 to prevent movement through something: A fallen tree is blocking the road. As she left the court, an angry crowd tried to block her way.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingClosing and blocking C1 to be between someone and the thing they are looking at, so that they cannot see: My view was blocked by a tall man in front of me. C2 to stop something from happening or succeeding: She was very talented and I felt her parents were blocking her progress. A group of politicians blocked the proposal.
blocked
adjective uk   /blɒkt/ us    /blɑːkt/
The road is blocked - you'll have to go round the other way. I've got a blocked (up) nose.Full
(Definition of block from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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