\ ˈblōn How to pronounce blown (audio) \

Definition of blown

1a : swollen
b : affected with bloat
2 : being out of breath

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Examples of blown in a Sentence

if the tin can is blown, throw it away—the food inside is spoiled
Recent Examples on the Web This season, Juliana finds something worth fighting for as the Resistance escalates into a full-blown rebellion. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "‘The Man in the High Castle’ Team on What to Expect in the Final Season," 14 Nov. 2019 But this rhetorical gesture of empathy for the racists gave way to a full-blown attack. David W. Blight, The Atlantic, "Frederick Douglass’s Vision for a Reborn America," 9 Nov. 2019 Wendy's is entering a full-blown breakfast war with its fast food rivals. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Vegan bacon cheeseburgers, paper beer bottles and this week's other food news," 12 Oct. 2019 The late 1980s brought the start of a full-blown armed rebellion against Indian control for a united Kashmir, either under Pakistan rule or independent. Washington Post, "Modi is India’s prime minister, but to Trump he’s the ‘king’," 24 Sep. 2019 Such a proclamation risks bringing more American involvement into Syria, which has been engulfed in fighting since 2011 when civil unrest tied to the Arab Spring movement escalated into a full-blown rebellion against Assad. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "The U.S., Britain and France Just Unleashed 105 Missiles on Syria. Now What?," 14 Apr. 2018 That is the bottom line, a blown opportunity for the Browns. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Awful officiating, interceptions sink Cleveland Browns," 13 Oct. 2019 As long as consumer spending continues, the economy will keep pushing off a full-blown recession. Alex Nicoll, Fortune, "A Recession May Not Be Likely, but a ‘Semi-Recession’ Is. Here’s What That Means.," 4 Oct. 2019 With the global economy softening, a full-blown trade war with Beijing could deprive Trump of his strongest election year issue by pushing the U.S. economy into recession. Rober Kuttner, Time, "Trump Will Fail on China Trade War, but Progressive Democrats Must Carry On the Fight," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of blown

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for blown

Middle English blowen, from past participle of blowen to blow

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The first known use of blown was in the 14th century

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1 Dec 2019

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“Blown.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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