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 Covid-19 has disproportionately laid siege on black Americans, something Rhodes sees as inseparable from food apartheid because of the interconnectedness between urban blight, food insecurity and health-care inaccessibility. Victoria Marin, Washington Post, "Chef Jonny Rhodes built a revered Houston restaurant. His next mission: Fighting ‘food apartheid.’," 2 July 2020 There’s Covid-19 and there’s a global democracy blight causing political life in many countries to become more polarized and less democratic. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Global Political Pandemic," 29 June 2020 Defense attorney Gus Frangos said the administrative foreclosure process was an important way to prevent blight. cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court approves foreclosures that sell homes without compensating owners for equity," 25 June 2020 The program has been launched by the city in an effort to raise property values, encourage residents to reinvest in their homes, prevent blight and attract more people to Garland neighborhoods. Dallas News, "Need to upgrade your home? Garland will help you pay for renovations," 19 June 2020 Some want to change their communities by removing blight and closing the wealth gap between whites and minorities. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 In the 29 years the Hernons have resided in Lorain, Hernon has watched the city’s downtown shape-shift from industrial to blight to rebirth. cleveland, "Comeback of industrial downtown Lorain draws on recreation, entertainment," 15 June 2020 The result is blight and a lack of services for communities that are often struggling already. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Insurance redlining is real—and it will hurt neighborhoods hit by looting," 9 June 2020 Their trees embrace myriad molds, viruses, and fungi: apple scab, black pox, southern blight, union necrosis. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "How Apples Go Bad," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Ghosn Takes His Case to a Global Court of Public Opinion," 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, "Coal’s collapse could lead to a landscape of abandoned mines," 23 Apr. 2020 On the Gulf The Deepwater Horizon blowout blighted the Gulf as a whole, not just coastal waters. al, "10 years after Deepwater Horizon disaster: Along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, questions, and work, go on," 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, "Shortage of city-manager candidates has Detroit suburb delaying search," 3 Feb. 2020 The one catalpa tree is either blighted or a late bloomer. Lee Durkee, Harper's Magazine, "Ride or Die," 30 Mar. 2020 Numerous commercial and residential buildings on Silver Lane that sat boarded and blighted have been removed. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Hartford mayor running for fifth term cites challenges, successes," 23 Sep. 2019 Community gardens like this one were, researchers say, are key to stabilizing Philadelphia’s blighted and disinvested neighborhoods over the years and have even reduced violent crime. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Philly's urban gardeners are under siege from gentrification. Here's what they're doing about it," 16 Apr. 2018 Less than 15% of its students are proficient in math or English, and City Hall is blighted by official corruption. Sean Kennedy, WSJ, "‘The Wire’ Is Finished, but Baltimore Still Bleeds," 7 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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Time Traveler for blight

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The first known use of blight was in 1578

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Last Updated

9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blight. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for blight

blight

noun
How to pronounce blight (audio)

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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