Blight meaning

blīt
To blight is to spoil or destroy something or to cause an urban area to become run-down and neglected.

When you destroy the efforts of someone, this is an example of a time when you blight progress.

When rotting buildings spoil an urban area, this is an example of blight.

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To suffer blight.
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To cause a blight in or on; wither.
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To destroy.
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To disappoint or frustrate.
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To suffer blight.
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The condition or result of being blighted.
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The definition of a blight is something that spoils or damages something, or a disease that affects plants, or a general state of neglect and disrepair in an urban area.

An ugly mark that destroys a painting is an example of a blight.

A disease caused by mildew or fungus that harms a plant is an example of blight.

Run-down buildings are an example of urban blight.

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To cause (a plant, for example) to undergo blight.
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To have a deleterious effect on; ruin.
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Any of several plant diseases, as rust, mildew, or smut.
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Anything that destroys, prevents growth, or causes devaluation.

Slums are a blight on a city.

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A person or thing that withers someone's hopes or ambitions.
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The bacterium, fungus, or virus that causes such a disease.
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(intransitive) To suffer blight.

This vine never blights.

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Any atmospheric or soil condition, parasite, or insect that kills, withers, or checks the growth of plants.
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Any of numerous plant diseases that cause leaves, stems, fruits, and tissues to wither and die. Rust, mildew, and smut are blights.
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Any of many plant diseases causing damage to, or the death of, leaves, fruit or other parts.
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The bacterium, virus or fungus that causes such a condition.
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(by extension) Anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life.
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To affect with blight; to blast; to prevent the growth and fertility of.
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To spoil or ruin (something)

Those obscene tattoos are going to blight your job prospects.

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Origin of blight

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse blikna (“to grow pallid”).

    From Wiktionary