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English definition of “blow”

blow

verb (SEND OUT AIR)    /bləʊ/ US  /bloʊ/ (blew, blown)
B1 [I or T] to move and make currents of air, or to be moved or make something move on a current of air: The wind was blowing harder every minute. The letter blew away and I had to run after it. A gale-force wind had blown the fence down. I blew the dust off the books. I wish you wouldn't blow smoke in my face.Wind and windsStormy weather C2 [I or T] to make a sound by forcing air out of your mouth and through an instrument, or to make a sound when someone does this: Ann blew a few notes on the trumpet. He scored the winning goal just before the whistle blew.Playing musicSinging in general [T] to shape glass that has been heated until it is soft into an object by blowing air into it down a tube: a beautiful blown glass vaseGlass blow your nose B1 to force air from your lungs and through your nose to clear itNoises made by the body blow sb a kiss (also blow a kiss to/at sb) to kiss your hand and blow on it in the direction of someoneGestures with the hands or arms
(Definition of blow verb (SEND OUT AIR) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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