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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
  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
  8. 8
    [transitive] American very informal to leave a place quickly

    Let’s blow this joint.


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