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Definition of blanch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blanch
    he / she / it blanches
    past simple blanched
    -ing form blanching
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  1. 1[intransitive] blanch (at something) (formal) to become pale because you are shocked or frightened He blanched visibly when he heard the news.
  2. 2[transitive] blanch something to prepare food, especially vegetables, by putting it into boiling water for a short time Blanch the peas quickly before you freeze them.
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