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Meaning of “blow” - Learner’s Dictionary

blow

verb     /bləʊ/ ( past tense blew, past participle blown)
WIND [I] B1 If the wind blows, it moves and makes currents of air: A cool sea breeze was blowing.Wind and windsStormy weather
PERSON [I] B1 to force air out through your mouth: She blew on her coffee before taking a sip.Noises made by the bodyBreathing and stopping breathing
blow sth down/across/off, etc B1 If the wind blows something somewhere, it makes it move in that direction: The storm blew trees across the road.Wind and windsStormy weather
MOVE [I] to move in the wind: The branches were blowing in the breeze.Wind and windsStormy weather
INSTRUMENT [I, T] B1 to make a sound by forcing air out of your mouth and through an instrument: Ann blew a few notes on the trumpet.Brass instrumentsWind instruments
MAKE [T] to make shapes out of something by blowing it: to blow bubblesModels and moulds
SPEND [T] informal to spend a lot of money quickly and without considering it seriously: Lou blew all her prize money on a diamond necklace.Buying and selling in general
blow it/your chance(s) informal If you blow it or blow your chance, you lose an opportunity to do something by doing or saying the wrong thing: I blew it when I criticized the way she ran the office. Tom blew his chances of getting the job by arriving late for the interview.Faults and mistakes
blow your nose B1 to clear your nose by forcing air through it into a handkerchief (= piece of cloth or soft paper) Noises made by the bodyThe nose
ELECTRICITY [I, T] If a piece of electrical equipment blows, it suddenly stops working because the electric current is too strong. →  See also blow your mind , blow/get sth out of proportion Electrical components and circuitryElectricity and electronics
(Definition of blow verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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