Meaning of BLIND in English


I. blind 1 S2 W3 /blaɪnd/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ]


a) unable to see ⇨ colour-blind , visually impaired , handicapped :

a school for blind children

the needs of blind people

totally/completely/almost/partially blind

She’s almost blind in her right eye.

He was slowly going blind (=becoming blind) .

Beverley was born blind.

b) the blind [plural] people who are unable to see:

talking books for the blind

c) as blind as a bat unable to see well – used humorously:

I’m as blind as a bat without my glasses.

d) blind with tears/rage/pain etc unable to see because of tears, pain, or a strong emotion ⇨ blindly :

She screamed at him, her eyes blind with tears.

2 . be blind to something to completely fail to notice or realize something ⇨ blindly :

International companies are all too often blind to local needs.

He was totally blind to the faults of his children.

3 . turn a blind eye (to something) to deliberately ignore something that you know should not be happening:

Teachers were turning a blind eye to smoking in school.

4 . not take/pay a blind bit of notice British English informal to completely ignore what someone does or says, especially in a way that is annoying:

He never pays a blind bit of notice to what his staff tell him.

5 . not make a blind bit of difference British English informal used to emphasize that whatever someone says or does will not change the situation at all:

Try and talk to her if you want, but I don’t think it’ll make a blind bit of difference.


a) blind faith/prejudice/obedience etc strong feelings that someone has without thinking about why they have them – used to show disapproval:

Blind faith sent thousands of people to a pointless war.

a story about blind loyalty

b) blind panic/rage strong feelings of fear or anger that you cannot control:

In a moment of blind panic, she had pulled the trigger and shot the man dead.

Blind rage took hold of him.

7 . ROAD blind bend/corner a corner in a road that you cannot see beyond when you are driving

8 . the blind leading the blind used to say that people who do not know much about what they are doing are guiding or advising others who know nothing at all

9 . AIRCRAFT blind flying is when you use only instruments to fly an aircraft because you cannot see through cloud, mist etc

—blindness noun

II. blind 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to make it difficult for someone to see for a short time:

For a moment, I was blinded by the glare of headlights coming towards me.

The dust choked and blinded him.

Blinded by tears, I walked towards the door.

2 . to make someone lose their good sense or judgment and be unable to see the truth about something:

He should have known better, but he was blinded by his own wants.

blind somebody to something

Children’s bad behaviour should not blind us to their need for love.

His single-minded determination to win the war is blinding him to other dangers.

3 . to permanently destroy someone’s ability to see:

He had been blinded in an explosion.

4 . blind somebody with science to confuse or trick someone by using complicated language

⇨ effing and blinding at ↑ eff (1)

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■ Unable to see

▪ blind unable to see anything:

She has been blind from birth.

▪ partially-sighted not able to see things very well, although not completely blind:

Good lighting can be very important for partially sighted people.

▪ visually handicapped/impaired completely blind or not able to see very much – used especially in official reports, forms etc:

a special school for visually impaired children

III. blind 3 BrE AmE noun

1 . ( also (window) shade American English ) [countable] a covering, especially one made of cloth, that can be rolled up and down to cover a window inside a building:

The blinds were drawn (=pulled down) to protect the new furniture from the sun.

open/pull down/draw the blinds ⇨ ↑ roller blind , ↑ Venetian blind

2 . [countable] American English a small shelter where you can watch birds or animals without being seen by them SYN hide British English

3 . [singular] a trick or excuse to stop someone from discovering the truth

IV. blind 4 BrE AmE adverb

blind drunk British English informal extremely drunk

⇨ rob somebody blind at ↑ rob (3), ⇨ swear blind at ↑ swear (3)

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