\ ˈblər How to pronounce blur (audio) \

Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a smear or stain that obscures
2 : something vaguely or indistinctly perceived The words are just a blur without his glasses. The whole weekend is a blur to me. especially : something moving or occurring too quickly to be clearly seen passed by in a blur of motion


blurred; blurring

Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to obscure or blemish by smearing windows blurred by fingerprints
2 : sully … an act that blurs the grace and blush of modesty.— Shakespeare
3 : to make dim, indistinct, or vague in outline or character His vision was blurred. digitally blur the edges of photographs blurring the line between fact and fiction
4 : to make cloudy or confused time had begun to blur her senses— W. A. White

intransitive verb

1a : to make blurs … the moths tapped and blurred at the window screen …— R. P. Warren
b : move too quickly to be seen clearly … it's like the … ride of a traveling carnival, with eerie lights and sharp turns on the rails and the odd unsettling image that blurs past you.— Adrian McKinty
2 : to become vague or indistinct distinctions between the two are beginning to blur

Other Words from blur


blurringly \ ˈblər-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce blur (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for blur

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of blur in a Sentence

Verb The tears in my eyes blurred the words on the page. His novel is based on historical occurrences but it blurs the line between fact and fiction. The two events have blurred together in my mind.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ever since his baby went missing dates are a blur, Mirza Ali said. NBC News, 8 Nov. 2021 Ever since his baby went missing dates are a blur, Mirza Ali said. Jonathan Landay, Fox News, 5 Nov. 2021 For many of us, the passage of his brilliant career feels like a blur. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Nov. 2021 But all of it feels like a blur to the 35-year-old. Akilah Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Nov. 2021 As Cottrill’s career took off, life on the road began to feel like a blur. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2021 But all of it feels like a blur, like a dream that might have happened because there isn't any of those things. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 15 Mar. 2021 Time between then and now also strangely feels like a blur. Star Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021 His only year of college was a blur, spent mainly on the basketball court and around fellow athletes, and there wasn’t much time to mingle or find a cause. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eventually, these groups might blur; some of the shadow IT and buzzword tools will evolve into serious tools. Gautham Viswanathan, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Finding those connections often means the company’s in-person performances blur the boundaries between actors and audience, making the experience more intimate and the audience more complicit in the action onstage., 9 Sep. 2021 In addition to the scanning feature, the company also promoted a communication safeguard for underage users, which would blur explicit images from being sent and received and notify parents if their child opened explicit photos. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 3 Sep. 2021 As part of the crackdown on celebrities and their fan clubs, regulators are taking aim at celebrities who defy or blur traditional gender roles. Jane Li, Quartz, 1 Sep. 2021 The new floor collection is meant to seamlessly segue from outdoor to indoor and blur the borders between exterior and interior spaces with complex geometric patterns that act like an optical illusion to unite both areas. Nicolas Stecher, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2021 But those boundaries began to blur as families left to chase their fortunes elsewhere. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 Soon, the lines between Thor and Blake began to blur, and eventually Thor became the real guy, and Blake a fiction invented by Odin to humble his arrogant son. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 7 July 2021 Studios are 875 square feet, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that blur the line between indoor and outdoor environments, private plunge pools, and carved wooden walls by artist Manuel Felguérez. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of blur


1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1520, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blur

Noun and Verb

perhaps akin to Middle English bleren to blear

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18 Nov 2021

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“Blur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that you cannot see clearly
: something that is difficult to remember



English Language Learners Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) unclear or difficult to see or remember
: to become unclear or difficult to see or remember


\ ˈblər How to pronounce blur (audio) \

Kids Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that cannot be seen clearly The ball was moving so fast, all I saw was a blur.
2 : something that is difficult to remember By now, my summer vacation is a blur.


blurred; blurring

Kids Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make unclear or hard to see or remember Adjusting the lenses just blurred the image further.
2 : to make or become unclear or confused Time only blurred his memory of the incident.

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