- 1[intransitive] to become red in the face because you are embarrassed or ashamed synonym go red blush (with something) (at something) to blush with embarrassment/shame She blushed furiously at the memory of the conversation. He looked away, blushing. + adj./noun He blushed scarlet at the thought. See related entries: Embarrassment, Facial expressions
- 2[transitive] blush to do something to be ashamed or embarrassed about something I blush to admit it, but I quite like her music. Word Origin Old English blyscan; related to modern Dutch blozen.Extra examples He blushed at the mention of her name. Lia blushed a deep shade of red. She blushed crimson with embarrassment. She blushed more readily when she was a teenager. Stop teasing him—you’re making him blush. He blushed with shame. I blush to think of how I behaved the last time we met. She felt herself blushing scarlet at the thought.
BrE BrE//blʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//blʌʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they blush
BrE BrE//blʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//blʌʃ//he / she / it blushes
BrE BrE//ˈblʌʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌʃɪz//past simple blushed
BrE BrE//blʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//blʌʃt//past participle blushed
BrE BrE//blʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//blʌʃt//-ing form blushing
BrE BrE//ˈblʌʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈblʌʃɪŋ//Embarrassment, Facial expressions