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blight

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noun \ˈblīt\

Simple Definition of blight

  • : a disease that makes plants dry up and die

  • : something that causes harm or damage like a disease

  • : a damaged condition

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blight

  1. 1 a :  a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (as leaves and tubers) b :  an organism (as an insect or a fungus) that causes blight

  2. 2 :  something that frustrates plans or hopes

  3. 3 :  something that impairs or destroys

  4. 4 :  a deteriorated condition <urban blight>

Examples of blight in a sentence

  1. the city's spreading urban blight

  2. <the expanding urban sprawl is a blight on the countryside>



Origin and Etymology of blight

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1578


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blight

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Simple Definition of blight

  • : to damage (plants) with a disease

  • : to damage (a thing or place)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of blight

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect (as a plant) with blight

  3. 2 :  to impair the quality or effect of <the condition that has blighted his son's life — Patricia Guthrie>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to suffer from or become affected with blight

Examples of blight in a sentence

  1. Builders blighted the land with malls and parking lots.



1664

First Known Use of blight

1664


BLIGHT Defined for Kids

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blight

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noun \ˈblīt\

Definition of blight for Students

  1. :  a disease that makes parts of plants dry up and die




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blight

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verb

Definition of blight for Students

blighted

blighting

  1. :  to injure or destroy by or as if by a blight <Huge signs blighted the landscape.>




Medical Dictionary

blight

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noun \ˈblīt\

Medical Definition of blight

  1. Australian :  an inflammation of the eye in which the eyelids discharge a thick mucous substance that often seals them up for days and minute granular pustules develop inside the lid—called also sandy blight





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