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 Researchers at the foundation are breeding the American chestnut with the Chinese chestnut, which is resistant to the blight. CBS News, "Killed by a fungus a century ago, American chestnut tree could thrive again," 5 Dec. 2019 The team recommended philanthropic support for new grocery stores and limiting suburban sprawl by taxing large, new homes and greenfield development beyond the city with the revenue to be used to deal with urban blight. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Better transit, restored neighborhoods, Internet for all: Cleveland Rising looks to redesign region," 30 Oct. 2019 Bishnubhog and Rani kajal are resistant to bacterial blight. Debal Deb, Scientific American, "The Struggle to Save Heirloom Rice in India," 16 Oct. 2019 The council members said businesses can apply for money to repair damage associated with the blight created by their neighbors. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Help on the way for western La Mesa," 14 Oct. 2019 Genteel farmland, then a byword for urban blight, and now the apotheosis of hipsterdom and gentrification—Brooklyn has seen it all. The Economist, "A technicolour history of Brooklyn," 12 Sep. 2019 An alternative might involve using the genome sequences of the banana and the Fusarium fungus to engineer a Cavendish 2.0, with resistance to the blight. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "A deadly fungus could wipe out the world’s favorite banana—again," 20 Aug. 2019 There is a blight (fungal disease) that can infect boxwood and cause browning of leaves. oregonlive, "Browning boxwood could be caused by blight. Ask an expert," 4 Jan. 2020 The blight — caused by the bacterium erwinia amylovora — is native to the United States and predates the introduction of apple trees to North America. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Fire Blight Spreads Northward, Threatening Apple Orchards," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For some years now normal exterior wear and tear on ships is left untouched or the haze gray is blighted by patchwork touchup jobs that sometimes render half a dozen shades of gray haphazardly close together. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rust: The U.S. Navy's $3 Billion-a-Year Oxidation Problem," 15 Jan. 2020 Now free to speak his mind, the 65-year-old is seeking to salvage his legacy, blighted by allegations of understating his income and raiding corporate resources for personal gain at Nissan. Matthew Campbell, Fortune, "Carlos Ghosn Seeks to Settle Scores in Press Conference After Escaping Japan," 8 Jan. 2020 The most obvious example is Natoma Street — one of those alleys that never really was blighted, but also was etched on few mental maps. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Urban Handbook: An alley with some new, unexpected twists," 31 Dec. 2019 Now the Ritz is open, and Tahrir Square, which lies behind it, is newly landscaped after being blighted for years by the shell of a disused bus terminal. Anthony Sattin, Condé Nast Traveler, "As Travelers Return to Egypt, Look Past Cairo," 24 Dec. 2019 Guzman’s son last month was killed by a hail of more than 150 bullets in a brazen daylight assassination, in the latest incident of extreme cartel violence to blight the country. Fox News, "Mexican cop involved in botched operation against ‘El Chapo’s son gunned down in hail of 155 bullets," 9 Nov. 2019 That pretty much describes the 1970s beach house that used to blight the Wilmette shoreline. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Kings of the beach house: The little lakefront buildings of two Chicago architects show the way to design that enhances its environs.," 31 July 2019 However, the campaign that launched Monday has been widely condemned itself as exactly the type of tone-deaf approach that has blighted the game in Italy and beyond. NBC News, "Italian soccer condemned for using monkey paintings in anti-racism campaign," 17 Dec. 2019 Even the 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh was blighted by the brawl and the 6-game suspension to Myles Garrett. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns Pregame Scribbles: The meaning of last four games for Freddie Kitchens," 8 Dec. 2019

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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

21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Blight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blighting. Accessed 26 January 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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