Word of the Day: blind

Word of the Day
April 13, 2016
blind (adjective, verb, adverb)
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Blind people sometimes have guide dogs to help them get around.
As an adjective, blind means 'unable to see' or 'lacking the sense of sight.' Figuratively, it means 'not willing to understand or see something,' and it also describes something that is done without reason. As a verb, to blind means 'to injure someone and make them lose their ability to see' or 'to keep someone from thinking clearly.' As an adverb, blind means 'without the ability to see' or 'without guidance' and, informally, it means 'to an extreme degree.'

 

Example sentences
 
Andrew has been blind from birth and cannot see at all.
Many parents are blind to their children's faults.
Only blind faith kept Helen working on the project after everyone else had given up.
The accident blinded Robert.
Nancy's love for Bill blinded her to his true nature.
The pilots had to fly blind in the snow storm.
Nobody has ever done anything like this before, so we are working blind.
The old lady trusted her caregivers, but really they were robbing her blind.

 

Multi-word forms
 
turn a blind eye: to overlook something someone has done. Example: "I'll turn a blind eye to your mistake this time, but don't let it happen again!"
blind as a bat: having very poor eyesight. Example: "I used to have great eyesight when I was young, but now that I'm getting older, I'm as blind as a bat without my glasses!"
blind spot: literally a spot you can't see in your mirrors when driving–you should always check your blind spot before you pull out to pass someone–and, figuratively, something you cannot or do not want to see. Example: "Julie has a real blind spot when it comes to her son; she lets him get away with anything!"
 
Additional information
 
Blind is also a noun. A blind is a cover for a window that can be raised or lowered, allowing us to regulate the amount of sunlight that comes in through the window. We often use the plural form, blinds. They are sometimes made of slats of wood or other material, where the width between the slats can be adjusted too. Example: "I always close the blinds at night so my neighbors can't see inside my house."
 
Did you know?
 
The expression blind drunk does not mean that someone has actually lost their sight through drinking alcohol, but just that the person is so drunk that they are not really aware of what is happening.
 
Other forms
 
blindness (noun), blindly (adverb)
 
Origin
 
Blind dates back to before 1000; the adjective comes from the Middle English word blind, and from Old English. It is a cognate with the Gothic word blinds, the Old Norse word blindr, and the German and Dutch word blind. The verb comes from the Middle English word blinden and is a derivative of the adjective.
 
 
 
 
 
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