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verb blow pronunciation in American English /bloʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleblowing
past tenseblew
past participleblown
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] if wind or air blows, the air moves
    The wind was blowing from the sea.
    A draft of cold air blew in through the open window.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] if something blows or is blown somewhere, the wind moves it there
      The wind was blowing snow along the street.
      Newspapers and plastic bags were blowing around in the wind.
      A strong gust of wind blew his hat off his head.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to push out air from your mouth
    He bent toward the candle and blew gently.
    If your soup’s too hot, blow on it.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to move something by pushing out air from your mouth
      blow something off/away: She picked up a book and blew the dust off it.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to form something by pushing out air from your mouth
      blow bubbles: Two little boys were sitting on the steps, blowing bubbles.
      blow glass: Visitors can watch the men blowing glass in the workshop.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a sound by pushing air through something such as a whistle or a musical instrument
    The conductor blew his whistle and the train started.
    As he entered the room, trumpets blew.
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if something electrical blows, it stops working, usually because too much electricity has passed through it
    The light bulb in the projector had blown.
    A power surge blew all the fuses, and the house was plunged into darkness.
    A sudden change in power can blow your TV.
  5. 5



    blow out

    [intransitive/transitive] if a tire blows, or if you blow it, it bursts
    Kathy was turning the corner when one of the front tires blew.
  6. 6
    [transitive] informal to destroy your own chance of succeeding, or to waste a good opportunity
    I’ve completely blown my diet with that piece of chocolate cake.
    blow it: We had a good chance to get the contract but you’ve really blown it now!
  7. 7
    [transitive] informal to spend a lot of money quickly on things that you do not need
    He inherited a fortune but blew it on bad investments and a luxurious lifestyle.
  8. 8
    [transitive] American very informal to leave a place quickly
    Let’s blow this joint.


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