blight

noun
\ ˈblīt How to pronounce blight (audio) \

Definition of blight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 botany

a : a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (such as leaves and tubers) potato blight
b : an organism (such as an insect or a fungus) that causes blight
2 : something that frustrates plans or hopes the blight of poverty an abandoned factory that was a blight on the neighborhood
3 : something that impairs or destroys … censorship … has brought under its blight Ireland's greatest poets, dramatists, and scholars.— Paul Blanshard
4 : a deteriorated condition urban blight

blight

verb
blighted; blighting; blights

Definition of blight (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 botany : to affect (a plant) with a disease or injury marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (such as leaves and tubers) : to affect with blight (see blight entry 1 sense 1) The apple trees were blighted by fungus.
2 : to impair the quality or effect of the condition that has blighted his son's life— Patricia Guthrie

intransitive verb

botany : to suffer from or become affected with blight The potatoes blighted.

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Examples of blight in a Sentence

Noun

the city's spreading urban blight the expanding urban sprawl is a blight on the countryside

Verb

Builders blighted the land with malls and parking lots.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But instead of rectifying problems with the auction — blight, vacancy, speculation and displacement — the program exacerbated these issues. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Lawsuits take aim at Wayne County's controversial Action Before Auction program," 3 Sep. 2019 In the flier, Griggs claims the group did not follow through on promises to address blight, reduce noise and nuisance and revitalize the Blue Hills areas. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Bloomfield neighborhood watchdog flips on group he campaigned for two years ago," 27 Aug. 2019 The 12 civil rights organizations that wrote a joint letter opposing facial recognition argue that the city should instead focus on reducing blight, improving schools and creating economic opportunities. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, "A fight over facial recognition is dividing Detroit — with high stakes for police and privacy," 22 Aug. 2019 Any discussion of Baltimore’s woes invariably turns to crime, perhaps the largest blot on its image, even if it is intertwined with issues of the economy, blight, race and all the other inequities. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "The good, the bad, the Baltimore: City has problems, but Trump ‘got on TV and just lied’," 1 Aug. 2019 Washington shows how public policy and other factors expose minority groups to disproportionate pollution and blight, with direct consequences for their success. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Books, From a Horrific Childhood to an Undersung Master," 23 July 2019 Yellow Maggi packets and other plastic waste increasingly blight this verdant town in the foothills... Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "India Saddles Consumer-Goods Makers With Fixing Plastic Trash Problem," 5 July 2019 Zaranti said the winter burn should not be confused with boxwood blight, a disease characterized by leaf spots, stem cankers and defoliation. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Polar vortex blamed for browning boxwoods and other trees, shrubs," 9 June 2019 Suicide was epidemic, and post-traumatic stress was a blight on the lives of thousands of men and women who’d served. al, "Veterans’ trans-Atlantic rowing team gets big send-off from Mobile," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fanning in an interview with IndyStar stressed that the property was not blighted. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett says he's fixed 2,500 blighted homes. Does this look 'transformed'?," 11 June 2019 These stations were blighted by hubris as well as miscalculation. Edward Carr, 1843, "We apologise for the decay," 29 Aug. 2019 For weeks, my small town has been blighted by a thick, toxic smog. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 Both have struggled for form in pre-season, with inconsistency blighting both teams. SI.com, "Crystal Palace vs Everton: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 8 Aug. 2019 In a country largely free of the polarisation that blights America’s politics, the rights and wrongs of oil extraction are the main wedge issue. The Economist, "The environmentThe environment is Canada’s biggest wedge issue," 25 July 2019 The French defender didn't feature at all for City last season, with his last competitive appearance coming in February 2018, in a loan spell with Everton that was blighted by a horror knee injury that kept him sidelined for almost nine months. SI.com, "Valencia Confirm Signing of Manchester City Outcast Eliaquim Mangala on Two-Year Deal," 12 Aug. 2019 The president suggested that the congressman was a hypocrite for criticizing conditions in migrant detention centers at the southwestern border when his own district is blighted. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump assails congressional critic, calling his majority-black district a ‘disgusting,’ rat-infested ‘mess’," 27 July 2019 But Larry's work in the neighborhood where Sharon grew up, which had been blighted by riots, was far from complete. Erin Kelly, CBS News, "Couple helps transform blighted Milwaukee community, one block at a time," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of blight

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1695, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blight

Noun

of obscure origin

Verb

verbal derivative of blight entry 1

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blight

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a disease that makes plants dry up and die
: something that causes harm or damage like a disease
: a damaged condition

blight

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blight (Entry 2 of 2)

: to damage (plants) with a disease
: to damage (a thing or place)

blight

noun
\ ˈblīt How to pronounce blight (audio) \

Kids Definition of blight

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

blight

verb
blighted; blighting

Kids Definition of blight (Entry 2 of 2)

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

blight

noun
\ ˈblīt How to pronounce blight (audio) \

Medical Definition of blight

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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