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

In their Broadway East neighborhood, the couple have been the keepers of a block squeezed by crime and blight. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "‘The block took my baby’: Shooting haunts East Baltimore home of retirees, 'block captain'," 27 Apr. 2018 Generally considered the most affluent section of Mount Vernon, a city that has struggled with poverty, crime and blight, Fleetwood is not easy to characterize broadly. C. J. Hughes, New York Times, "Fleetwood, Mount Vernon: Westchester County’s ‘Best-Kept Secret’," 28 Feb. 2018 Opioids are perceived as an embarrassing blight in already depressed areas of the country, and addiction is largely seen as a metaphor for weakness, a failure of the will. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 Alleyway clean-ups five days a week to remove blight from homelessness sites identified by the city's Phoenix C.A.R.E.S. program. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix City Council to vote on $4.4B budget that includes more funding for public safety," 21 May 2018 By their own admission, the Rockets are premised on math; their propensity for drawing fouls is seen as a blight upon common basketball decency. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "NBA Finals: When the Best Player in the World Goes Up Against the Best Team," 31 May 2018 Shane KeyserThe Kansas City Star The city started the program in an effort to eliminate blight. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "In Chicago, people are buying vacant lots from the city for $1. Here's how it works | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The new mayor's speech touched on the need for more educational, after-school and summer programs for children; bringing more efficiency and transparency to city hall; eliminating blight in all of the city's 99 neighborhoods; and a reducing crime. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Woodfin challenges businesses to invest in workforce training in State of the City address," 23 Jan. 2018 But one by one, suspects (verticillium wilt, bacteria, root rot, beetles, blight, leaf hoppers) were crossed off the list. Craig Sailor, The Seattle Times, "Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why," 10 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Anderson, who remains the focal point of the Hammers' negotiations for the time being, managed eight goals and ten assists over 32 games in all competitions, despite having a season mildly blighted by injuries. SI.com, "West Ham Swoop for Brazilian Forward Reportedly Stalling Due to Increased Demands From Lazio​​," 15 June 2018 Newcastle are in a similarly nervy situation, as their lack of summer investment has seen their return to the Premier League blighted with inconsistency - leaving them 15th in the table. SI.com, "West Ham Plot Surprise Move for Newcastle Winger as Relegation Battle Starts to Heat Up," 16 Jan. 2018 Now the pesky Permian is blighting Iranian hopes again. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "How American Fracking Changes the World," 26 Nov. 2018 Minneapolis began to spruce up its river shorelines and adjacent neighborhoods earlier than other cities, drawing residents and development to a part of town once blighted by industry and railroad tracks, parking lots and pollution. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, "The Latest Housing Hotspot: Downtown and by the River," 6 Dec. 2018 London, Dublin and Brussels agree that maintaining a free and frictionless border is essential to preserve peace in a region that for decades was blighted by violence. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Brexit Plan Puts May’s Alliance With Northern Ireland Party to the Test," 14 Nov. 2018 Furthermore, despite his stunning brace in United's thrilling 3-2 win over Man City on Saturday, Paul Pogba's future also remains in doubt, given the series of lacklustre performances that have blighted his season. SI.com, "Outrageous Report Claims Man Utd Will Swap Two Star Players to Sign PSG Talisman Neymar This Summer," 8 Apr. 2018 Two serious knee injuries have blighted his time in Italy. Ciaran Fahey, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Lewandowski gives Poland hope in World Cup return," 10 June 2018 Yet opinion polls have shown support for his government plummeting as the Catalan independence crisis and ongoing corruption scandals continue to blight his People’s Party. Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg.com, "Rajoy Refuses to Be Written Off as Spanish Rivals Seek Ouster," 26 May 2018

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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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