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Meaning of “block” in the English Dictionary

"block" in British English

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blocknoun

uk   /blɒk/  us   /blɑːk/
  • block noun (AREA)

A2 [C] mainly US the ​distance along a ​street from where one ​roadcrosses it to the ​place where the next ​roadcrosses 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 ​squaregroup 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/​icethe block [S] (in the past) a ​largepiece of ​wood on which ​criminals had ​theirheadcut off: Anne Boleyn went to (= was ​killed on) the block.

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blockverb [T]

uk   /blɒk/  us   /blɑːk/
B2 to ​preventmovement through something: A ​fallentree is blocking the ​road. As she ​left the ​court, an ​angrycrowdtried 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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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.
(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 ​crossingstreets, 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 ​areaenclosed by four ​streets that ​form a ​rectangle in a ​city or ​town: The new ​building will take up an ​entirecity block.
  • block noun [C] (LUMP)

a ​solid, straight-sided ​lump of hard ​material: The ​warehousestoresbuildingmaterial, ​includingcement 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

blockverb [T]

 us   /blɑk/
  • block verb [T] (PREVENT)

to ​preventmovement through or past something, or to ​prevent something from ​happening or ​succeeding: A ​fallentree 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 ​itssegregation and ​humanrightspolicies.
(Definition of block from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"block" in Business English

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blockverb [T]

uk   us   /blɒk/
to decide ​officially to ​stop something from ​happening or continuing: The ​federal government's fight to block a ​bankruptcysettlement 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 ​removemoney from it: Accounts of all ​suspected terrorists have been blocked.
COMMUNICATIONS to ​stopemails, ​textmessages, ​phonecalls, etc. from a particular ​person: The new ​phoneallowsusers to block ​messages from particular ​senders.

blocknoun [C]

uk   us   /blɒk/
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 ​railoperators while their ​safetyrecord is so ​poor.put/remove a block on sth The ​government has put a block on all ​armssales to the country.
PROPERTY a ​building consisting of several ​apartments, ​offices, etc.: There are four ​apartments in each block. a block ofofficebuildings
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 ​badreputation, by doing something or helping someone: Agency ​executiveswilling 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)
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