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

And some of those chestnuts weren’t killed by the blight. WSJ, "Natural Breeding Under the Spreading Chestnut Tree," 26 June 2019 However, Heineman noted, Mitchell was thinking about tourism in the early 1970s after growing up in Galveston and seeing the city struggle with blight before being reinvigorated with tourist amenities. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "George Mitchell’s legacy lives on in The Woodlands as community nears 50 years," 6 June 2019 With all the rain, early blight, late blight and various fungal leaf spots have begun showing up. Dan Gill, nola.com, "Protect tomatoes from these diseases and pests," 13 Apr. 2019 Having a space that is beautiful gives a tremendous amount of pride to the local community, especially communities like Washington Park, which is surrounded by a high unemployment rate and a high degree of blight. Natalie Wade, chicagotribune.com, "Activists and farmers tackle food deserts on Chicago’s South Side — 'Food is a tool of resistance’," 28 June 2019 An IndyStar investigation of city blight in 2015 found that Mt. Helix had quickly become the city's top violator of health and safety codes. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "5 housing schemes that dragged down Indianapolis neighborhoods," 28 June 2019 Whatever the blight was seems to have been killed by the sudden dip in temperature early on. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: To be a gardener, it’s best to embrace the win some, lose some philosophy," 22 June 2019 Many issues are obvious, such as the blight in neighborhoods along Highway 4, homelessness and subpar roads in downtown. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Before Antioch can rebrand, it must improve quality of life," 15 June 2019 The garbage and human waste that ensue are not just a blight on the city but a health hazard, as my colleagues have relentlessly reported. Robin Abcarian, latimes.com, "Housing the homeless hits NIMBY wall in ‘progressive’ Venice," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The tower and its eight-story companion building fill the north side of Folsom Street between First and Fremont streets — a site that languished as a parking lot after the freeway ramps that blighted it were removed in the mid-1990s. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Chiseled glass tower offers window into SF’s contradictions," 18 July 2019 The Somali-Canadian journalist was a social media star, using her large following to tell positive stories about her home country of Somalia, a place long blighted by famine and war. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for July 15: Trump tweets, Barry, immigration," 15 July 2019 Even more significant are the blighting effects on survivors. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The short but destructive history of mass layoffs," 12 July 2019 Community action officers — who assist with block watches and community group concerns — and officers in the neighborhood-enforcement teams — who respond to blight and neighborhood crimes — will not wear body cameras, Martos said. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix is the largest city in the nation without widespread police body cameras," 17 June 2019 The move fits into a larger effort the city has been making around blighted or abandoned properties, demolishing the structures and working to get the lots back on the tax rolls, Mayor Leon Rockingham said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "North Chicago creates beautification program to help property owners remove graffiti," 11 June 2019 Canada on Monday joined a growing global movement with a plan to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment. Dan Bilefsky, BostonGlobe.com, "Canada joins global movement to ban single-use plastics," 10 June 2019 Knull and Schwander's allegations, as well news of Harrison's death, are just the latest to blight the Dominican tourist hotspot. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Colorado couple files suit alleging chemicals at Dominican Republic resort made them critically ill," 7 June 2019 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

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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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