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Meaning of “blot” in the English Dictionary

"blot" in British English

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blotnoun [C]

uk   /blɒt/  us   /blɑːt/
a ​smallarea of ​ink made by ​mistake: an ​ink blot

blotverb [T]

uk   /blɒt/  us   /blɑːt/ (-tt-)
  • blot verb [T] (DRY)

to ​dry a ​wetsurface, or writing done in ​ink, by ​pressing something ​soft against it: I ​signed my ​name and blotted the ​paper. She put on her ​lipstick and then ​carefully blotted her ​lips with a ​tissue.
  • blot verb [T] (SPOIL)

to make a blot or blots on something
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of blot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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blotverb [T]

 us   /blɑt/ (-tt-)
  • blot verb [T] (MARK WITH INK)

to ​spoil a ​letter, ​drawing, etc. with ​scattereddrops of ​ink
  • blot verb [T] (DRY)

to ​dry something by using a ​paper or ​cloth to ​absorb a ​liquid: I’ve ​spilled some ​coffee – can you ​bring me some ​papertowels to blot it up?
Phrasal verbs

blotnoun [C]

 us   /blɑt/
  • blot noun [C] (MARK)

an ​unwantedmark or ​spot of ​liquid: Ink blots ​covered the ​page. A blot is also a ​fault that ​spoils the ​appearance or ​reputation of someone or something: This ​arrest is a blot on his ​reputation.
(Definition of blot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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