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verb [transitive] [often passive] blacklist pronunciation in American English /ˈblækˌlɪst/
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present tense
present participleblacklisting
past tenseblacklisted
past participleblacklisted

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  1. to keep a record of someone you do not approve of and prevent them from making progress in some way
    1. a.
      to say that particular products should not be bought, especially as part of a political protest

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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