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 us   /blɑɪnd/

blind adjective (NOT SEEING)

[-er/-est only] not ​able to ​see: He ​began to go blind a ​year ago. fig. She is ​completely blind to his ​faults.

blind adjective (NOT THINKING)

[not gradable] not ​able to be ​influenced by ​thought or ​reason: He ​declared that the ​verdict was the ​result of blind ​prejudice.
noun [U]  us   /ˈblɑɪn·nəs/

blindnoun [C]

 us   /blɑɪnd/

blind noun [C] (WINDOW COVER)

a ​cover for a ​window, esp. a venetian blind

blindverb [T]

 us   /blɑɪnd/

blind verb [T] (MAKE UNABLE TO SEE)

to make someone ​unable to ​see: The ​sun blinded me for a ​moment. fig. We cannot ​letfeelings blind us to the ​facts.
(Definition of blind from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"blind" in British English

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uk   us   /blaɪnd/

blind adjective (SIGHT)

B1 unable to ​see: She's been blind since ​birth. He ​started to go (= ​become) blind in his ​sixties.
More examples
  • Can you ​imagine how it ​feels to be blind?
  • Stevie Wonder was ​born blind.
  • Her father's going blind.
  • Labradors are used as ​guidedogs for blind ​people.
  • Look, the ​cups are ​right in ​front of you. Are you blind?

blind adjective (EXTREME)

used to ​describe an ​extremefeeling that ​happens without ​thought or ​reason: blind ​anger/​faith/​prejudice He was blind withfury (= so ​angry that he could not ​behavereasonably).

blind adjective (NOT CONSCIOUS)

be blind to sth C2 to not be ​conscious of something or to ​refuse to ​notice something that is ​obvious to ​others: She ​seems blind to his ​faults.

blind adjective (CORNER, etc.)

that a ​driver cannot ​see or cannot ​see around: The ​accidenthappened on a blind ​bend.

blind adjective (TEST/STUDY)

used to refer to a ​scientifictest in which either the ​people being ​tested or the ​persontesting them, or both, do not ​know what is being ​tested: In blind ​trials, ​users who were given both ​drugsorally were ​unable to ​distinguish between the ​effects of ​heroin and ​methadone.
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈblaɪnd.nəs/

blindverb [T]

uk   us   /blaɪnd/

blind verb [T] (DAMAGE SIGHT)

to make someone ​unable to ​see, ​permanently or for a ​shorttime: She was blinded in an ​accident at an early ​age. As I ​turned the ​corner the ​sun blinded me, so I didn't ​see the other ​car.

blind verb [T] (CAUSE TO IGNORE)

to make someone ​unable to ​notice or ​understand something: We shouldn't ​letourprejudices blind us to the ​facts of the ​situation.


uk   us   /blaɪnd/

blind noun (WINDOW)

[C] (US also shade) a ​cover for a ​window made of a ​singlepiece or ​strips of ​cloth, ​paper, or ​plastic that is ​pulled up or down by a ​string: a Venetian blind

blind noun (SIGHT)

the blind C1 [plural] people who are ​unable to ​see: She ​trainsdogs for the blind.


[C] US (UK hide) a ​place where ​people can ​watchwildanimals or ​birds without being ​noticed by them


If something or someone is ​tested blind, either the ​people being ​tested or the ​persontesting them, or both, do not ​know what is being ​tested.
be flying blind to be ​flying an ​aircraftsomewhere without being ​able to ​see where you are going: He ​admitteddazzling a ​policehelicopterpilot with a ​laserbeam, ​leaving the ​pilotflying blind. to be doing something without having any ​experience of doing it before or without having ​importantinformation about what you are doing: They are ​flying blind on this ​issue because they have no ​idea of the ​extent of the ​problem.
(Definition of blind from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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