blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \

Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : sightless
(2) : having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
b : of or relating to sightless persons
2a : unable or unwilling to discern or judge blind to a lover's faults
b : unquestioning blind loyalty
3a : having no regard to rational discrimination, guidance, or restriction blind choice
b : lacking a directing or controlling consciousness blind chance
4a : made or done without sight of certain objects or knowledge of certain facts that could serve for guidance or cause bias a blind taste test — compare double-blind, single-blind
b : having no knowledge of information that may cause bias during the course of an experiment or test physicians blind to whether the test drug is administered
5 : defective: such as
a : lacking a growing point or producing leaves instead of flowers
b : lacking a complete or legible address blind mail
6a : difficult to discern, make out, or discover
b : hidden from sight : covered blind seam
7 : having but one opening or outlet blind sockets
8 : having no opening for light or passage : blank blind wall

blind

verb
blinded; blinding; blinds

Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make blind
b : dazzle
2a : to withhold light from
b : hide, conceal

blind

noun

Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : something to hinder sight or keep out light: such as
a : a window shutter
b : a roller window shade
d : blinder
2 : a place of concealment especially : a concealing enclosure from which one may shoot game or observe wildlife
3a : something put forward for the purpose of misleading : subterfuge
b : a person who acts as a decoy or distraction

blind

adverb

Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : blindly: such as
a : to the point of insensibility blind drunk
b : without seeing outside an airplane fly blind
c : without knowledge of certain facts that could serve for guidance or cause bias tasted the wine blind
2 used as an intensive was robbed blind

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Other Words from blind

Adjective

blindly \ ˈblīn(d)-​lē How to pronounce blindly (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blindness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for blind

Synonyms: Adjective

eyeless, sightless, stone-blind, visionless

Synonyms: Verb

bedazzle, daze, dazzle

Antonyms: Adjective

sighted

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Examples of blind in a Sentence

Adjective

our old blind cat kept walking into walls and furniture you'd have to be really blind to think that was a good idea

Verb

She was blinded as a child in a terrible fire. I was blinded by the sun as I came around the corner. He was blinded by love.

Noun

Some say the investigation is a blind to keep the public's attention off the governor.

Adverb

They had to fly blind through heavy smoke.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Police routinely turn a blind eye to cases of domestic abuse, while preventive measures, such as restraining orders, are either lacking or not in wide use. Nataliya Vasilyeva, USA TODAY, "Three sisters who killed abusive father charged with murder in Russia. Outrage ensued," 5 July 2019 However, it has also been accused of turning a blind eye to knockoffs and ripping off buyers. CBS News, "Luxury second-hand site The RealReal sees stock jump 45% after IPO," 28 June 2019 That the United States and Europe turn a blind eye toward Turkey’s African agenda effectively cedes to Erdogan the strategic advantage on the second-largest continent in terms of both population and land area. Michael Rubin, National Review, "Turkey’s Africa Strategy Threatens to Breed Islamist Extremism," 26 June 2019 Turn a blind eye to the new accusations against him? Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "10 Years After Michael Jackson’s Death, The King Of Pop’s Legacy Is In Shambles," 25 June 2019 Initially, authorities suspected migrants themselves to be behind those murders, which resulted in accusations that German officials had turned a blind eye on the far-right. Washington Post, "Germany fears far-right violence after pro-refugee politician killed and others threatened," 21 June 2019 Traffickers often bribe poorly paid Dominican officials to turn a blind eye to their smuggling operations, US officials say. Patrick Oppmann And Angela Barajas, CNN, "Authorities say they are closing in on the person who ordered the hit on David Ortiz," 16 June 2019 The president’s statement probably couldn’t be construed as an admission of illegality in the Trump campaign’s turning of a blind eye to Russia’s 2016 efforts to pump up his candidacy and knock down Hillary Clinton’s. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Of course Trump would consider using foreign-supplied dirt. Who wouldn’t?," 15 June 2019 The Verge participated in a blind tasting that included Endless West’s version of what the company calls a moscato d’Asti — a perhaps flip reference, since Asti is a growing region in Italy, and only grapes from that region can be said to be d’Asti. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The war in Vietnam blinded me and many others to a clearer vision of this issue. Jeff Rice, Twin Cities, "Jeff Rice: I damaged the ROTC offices at Northwestern University. Here’s how — and why — I atone," 24 June 2019 A year earlier, another 14-year-old was blinded after an e-cigarette exploded in a Brooklyn mall, according to CNN affiliate WPIX. Arman Azad, CNN, "This teen's vape exploded, shattering his jaw," 19 June 2019 One of those patients was a woman suing the clinic for allegedly blinding her with a stem-cell treatment. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Horrified researchers want out of “infomercial” for shady stem-cell clinics," 18 June 2019 Don’t let the stars in your eyes blind you to the risks of cosigning loans or credit cards — the obligation may outlast the relationship. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "The 7 stupidest things we do with money," 13 June 2019 In 2015 and 2016, at least four patients were blinded after U.S. Stem Cell and clinics associated with the company injected stem cell treatments into their eyes. Laura Mcginley And William Wan, sun-sentinel.com, "FDA wins groundbreaking case against for-profit Sunrise stem cell company," 4 June 2019 This infamous male bikini is blinding in a way that could only be compared to staring directly into the sun. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Denim Speedo Bathing Suits Exist and We Don't Know How to Feel," 16 May 2019 Even if Jeff is a jerk, a user, a creepy piranha trolling for a sugar mama, your sister is now an adult — an adult who is finally experiencing the exhilarating and sometimes blinding early days of first love. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "How can I stop my brilliant, naive sister from getting taken in by the sleazy guy who swept her off her feet?," 8 June 2019 But Leeds, that most artful of directors, and his artistic colleagues have made Island City’s production sparkle at least like a top-of-the-line cubic zirconia, if not the sort of blinding diamond so adored by Ms. Taylor. Christine Dolen, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: ‘Veronica’s Position’ sparkles like fine cubic zirconia at Island City Stage," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The home-service franchises provide custom blinds installation, home organization, decorative concrete and water restoration and mold remediation services. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "JM Family expands from cars to home services," 8 July 2019 For large windows that give off a lot of light, Skalman likes vertical blinds. Washington Post, "Unsure of how to treat your windows? Experts offer advice to dress them in style.," 3 July 2019 Each apartment will have full-size washers and dryers, ceiling fans, walk-in and linen closets, window blinds and kitchen islands. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole’s Warley Park — is this the new model for homeless housing?," 27 June 2019 All of the blinds and shades, by Hunter Douglass, are remote/electronically controlled. Roxanne Washington, cleveland.com, "2019 Lake County YMCA Dream House is ‘rustic modern farmhouse’ in Willoughby Hills; opens to tours June 29," 22 June 2019 Tropical decoration was displayed in between items and set against a minimalist wall lined with plain white blinds. Kirsten Spruch, Billboard, "Rihanna's Inclusive Fenty Label Shows Signs of the Future at First-Ever U.S. Pop-Up in New York," 18 June 2019 There are four bedrooms and two bathrooms in this home that also features wood blinds, hardwood floors and new carpet, dual-pane Milgard windows, new LED lights, and fresh interior paint. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Home’s ideal setting in Almaden Valley is close to beautiful parks and top-rated schools," 19 June 2019 The trio of 1983, 1985, and 1986 are served single-blind: We are given the vintages but have to guess which is which. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018 Finish your windows: Not every window needs a treatment, and for many, handsome blinds or shutters are enough. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Kitchen area makeover: 7 steps to transform any room," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blind

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adverb

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blind

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German blint blind, Old English blandan to mix — more at blend

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More Definitions for blind

blind

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: unable to see
: unable to notice or judge something
usually disapproving : accepting the actions or decisions of someone or something without any questions or criticism

blind

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

: to cause (someone) to be unable to see : to make (someone) blind
: to cause (someone) to be unable to see for a short time
: to cause (someone) to be unable to think clearly or to act reasonably

blind

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

: something that is used to cover a window from the inside of a room especially : a roll of cloth or plastic that is hung at the top of a window and pulled down over the window
US : a place where hunters hide from animals while they are hunting
: something that is used to trick people or to prevent people from noticing a particular thing

blind

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

: without seeing outside of an airplane : using only a plane's instruments
informal : to the degree that you are unable to think clearly or to act reasonably

blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \
blinder; blindest

Kids Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : unable or nearly unable to see
2 : lacking in judgment or understanding He is blind to his own faults.
3 : unquestioning blind faith
4 : closed at one end a blind alley

Other Words from blind

blindly adverb
blindness noun

blind

verb
blinded; blinding

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to cause the permanent loss of sight in
2 : to make it impossible to see well for a short time Our driver was blinded by the sun.

blind

noun

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a device to reduce sight or keep out light window blinds
2 : a place of hiding We watched the wildlife from a blind.

blind

adverb

Kids Definition of blind (Entry 4 of 4)

: with only instruments as guidance Fog made it necessary to fly blind.

blind

adjective
\ ˈblīnd How to pronounce blind (audio) \

Medical Definition of blind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : lacking or deficient in sight especially : having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
b : of or relating to sightless persons blind care
2a : designed to prevent participants from having information that could cause bias a blind taste test a blind clinical trial — see double-blind, single-blind
b : having no knowledge of information that may cause bias during the course of an experiment or test researchers blind to whether the investigational drug is administered
3 : having but one opening or outlet the cecum is a blind pouch

Other Words from blind

blindly \ ˈblīn-​(d)lē How to pronounce blindly (audio) \ adverb
blindness \ ˈblīn(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blindness (audio) \ noun

Medical Definition of blind (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make blind

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