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blight

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noun \ˈblīt\

Definition of blight

  1. 1 botany a :  a disease or injury of plants marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (as leaves and tubers) potato blightb :  an organism (as an insect or a fungus) that causes blight

  2. 2 :  something that frustrates plans or hopes the blight of poverty an abandoned factory that was a blight on the neighborhood

  3. 3 :  something that impairs or destroys … censorship … has brought under its blight Ireland's greatest poets, dramatists, and scholars. — Paul Blanshard

  4. 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

Origin and Etymology of blight

of obscure origin


First Known Use: 1578


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blight

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Definition of blight

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 botany :  to affect (as a plant) with a disease or injury marked by the formation of lesions, withering, and death of parts (as leaves and tubers) :  to affect with blight (see 1blight 1) The apple trees were blighted by fungus.

  3. 2 :  to impair the quality or effect of the condition that has blighted his son's life — Patricia Guthrie

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 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.

Origin and Etymology of blight

verbal derivative of 1blight


First Known Use: 1695


BLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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blight

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noun \ˈblīt\

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


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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

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


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blight

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verb

Definition of blight for Students

blighted

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blighting

  1. :  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

  1. 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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