Meaning of “block” in the English Dictionary

"block" in British English

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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.

A2 [ C ] a square group of buildings or houses with roads on each side:

I took a walk around the block.
round/around the block

on the next street that crosses this street:

He lives just around the block.

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block noun (PIECE)

B2 [ C ] a solid, straight-sided piece of hard material:

a block of wood/ice
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.

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blockverb [ 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.

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.

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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.

(Definition of “block” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"block" in American English

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blocknoun [ C ]

us /blɑk/

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:

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

blockverb [ T ]

us /blɑk/

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.

(Definition of “block” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"block" in Business English

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blockverb [ T ]

uk /blɒk/ us

to decide officially to stop something from happening or continuing:

The federal government's fight to block a bankruptcy settlement was rejected by the Supreme Court.
block a bid/deal/merger The Federal Trade Commission said it planned to block the merger.

BANKING if a bank blocks someone's account, they make it impossible for that person to remove money from it:

Accounts of all suspected terrorists have been blocked.

COMMUNICATIONS to stop emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. from a particular person:

The new phone allows users to block messages from particular senders.

blocknoun [ C ]

uk /blɒk/ us

STOCK MARKET a large number of shares that are sold by one organization at a particular time:

Deutsche Bank placed a block of six million shares at 781p.
The shares were sold on the Toronto Stock Exchange in a block trade.

ECONOMICS an official decision to stop something happening or continuing:

a block on sth Lobbyists are calling for a block on bonuses to rail operators while their safety record is so poor.
put/remove a block on sth The government has put a block on all arms sales to the country.

PROPERTY a building consisting of several apartments, offices, etc.:

There are four apartments in each block.
a block of office buildings
on the block US

available to buy:

She offers a beginner's guide to the newest pensions on the block.
A few more newspapers may go on the block before the end of the year.
lay your head/neck on the block

to risk a bad thing happening to you, for example getting a bad reputation, by doing something or helping someone:

Agency executives willing to lay their heads on the block in a pure results-driven agreement would be very brave.

(Definition of “block” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)