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blight

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noun \ ˈblīt \

Definition of blight

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

Examples of blight in a Sentence

  1. the city's spreading urban blight

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

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Origin and Etymology of blight

of obscure origin


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blight

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Definition of blight

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 1blight 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.

Examples of blight in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of blight

verbal derivative of 1blight


BLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

blight

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noun

Definition of blight for English Language Learners

  • : a disease that makes plants dry up and die

  • : something that causes harm or damage like a disease

  • : a damaged condition


blight

verb

Definition of blight for English Language Learners

  • : to damage (plants) with a disease

  • : to damage (a thing or place)


BLIGHT Defined for Kids

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blight

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noun \ ˈblīt \

Definition of blight for Students

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

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blight

verb

Definition of blight for Students

blighted; blighting
: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

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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