Definition of blanch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    blanch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//blɑːntʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blæntʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blanch
    BrE BrE//blɑːntʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blæntʃ//
     
    he / she / it blanches
    BrE BrE//ˈblɑːntʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblæntʃɪz//
     
    past simple blanched
    BrE BrE//blɑːntʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blæntʃt//
     
    past participle blanched
    BrE BrE//blɑːntʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//blæntʃt//
     
    -ing form blanching
    BrE BrE//ˈblɑːntʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈblæntʃɪŋ//
     
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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. See related entries: Fear
  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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French blanchir, from blanc ‘white’, ultimately of Germanic origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: blanch