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 Lastly, citizens may question why the city is focusing on nuisance vehicles when other blight exists. Arkansas Online, 30 May 2021 For years, Baltimore’s leaders have faced daunting challenges that include poorly performing public schools, blight, widespread heroin and crack addiction, and corruption scandals that forced out two mayors and tarnished the police department. Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2020 His father was an agronomist, spending weekdays warning farmers about banana blight and weekends showing Gustavo how to use complex, branching charts to identify ants and beetles. Eric Boodman, Wired, 29 May 2021 The nearly 1-acre lot on the corner of La Paz Drive and San Bernardo Terrace has been vacant for years, and contributed to blight and dumping in the community, city officials said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 May 2021 Hayes also had seven turnovers, a blight on an otherwise strong performance. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2021 Some neighbors griped that the 32,000-square-foot home was a blight on the landscape, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2007. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Against the backdrop of a pandemic’s blight and wounds from an acrimonious election, a group of acclaimed actors on Sunday will stage an online reading of a religious text with remarkable relevance to the current moment: the Book of Job. Elana Schor And Andrew Welsh-huggins, chicagotribune.com, 6 Dec. 2020 More than a decade ago, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a bill with the aim of decreasing urban blight and empowering neighborhood groups to have a say in how distressed tracts of lands are redeveloped. Natalie Kapustik, Washington Examiner, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Of course, research clearly showed that wasn't the case, and in fact, productivity generally grew as people gained more control over their workday and were stripped of the various distractions that blight us in a physical office. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Similar scenes of devastation continue to blight other inner-city neighborhoods, including W. Broadway in north Minneapolis. Jeffrey Meitrodt, Star Tribune, 23 Jan. 2021 Its players are encouraged to speak out and in recent years, many have found their voice to address the cruel inequality and racial prejudice that continues to blight their communities. Don Riddell, CNN, 5 Sep. 2020 Flint residents had already seen auto plants close, unemployment skyrocket and gun violence and blight scar their streets. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2020 The 65-year-old is scrambling to salvage his legacy, blighted by allegations of understating his compensation and raiding corporate resources for personal gain at Nissan. Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, 16 May 2020 And as coal slowly exits the energy equation, its legacy could blight the landscape, and public health, for generations. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 23 Apr. 2020 On the Gulf The Deepwater Horizon blowout blighted the Gulf as a whole, not just coastal waters. al, 19 Apr. 2020 Right now, the full-time politician who's mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, is fighting a move by reformers saying the blighted, crime-ridden resort town should switch to a city-manager government. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 3 Feb. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blight. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for blight

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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