Definition of blight noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//blaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//blaɪt//
    Growing crops
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] any disease that kills plants, especially crops potato blight Many areas have been devastated by blights which destroyed cereal crops and vines. Wordfinderblight, cereal, crop, genetically modified, grain, harvest, monoculture, organic, staple, yield See related entries: Growing crops
  2. 2[singular, uncountable] blight (on somebody/something) something that has a bad effect on a situation, a person’s life or the environment His death cast a blight on the whole of that year. urban blight (= areas in a city that are ugly or not cared for well) Her divorce was a great blight on her life.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (denoting inflammation of the skin): of unknown origin.
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