Meaning of BLIND in English


/ blaɪnd; NAmE / adjective , verb , noun , adverb

■ adjective ( blind·er , blind·est )


not able to see :

Doctors think he will go blind .

blind and partially sighted people

One of her parents is blind.


the blind noun [ pl. ] people who are blind :

recorded books for the blind

guide dogs for the blind


blind (to sth) not noticing or realizing sth :

She is blind to her husband's faults.

I must have been blind not to realize the danger we were in.


[ usually before noun ] ( of strong feelings ) seeming to be unreasonable, and accepted without question; seeming to be out of control :

blind faith / obedience

It was a moment of blind panic .


[ usually before noun ] ( of a situation or an event ) that cannot be controlled by reason :

blind chance

the blind force of nature


that a driver in a car cannot see, or cannot see around :

a blind driveway

a blind bend / corner

►  blind·ness noun [ U ]:

total / temporary / partial blindness

—see also blindly


- (as) blind as a bat

- the blind leading the blind

- not a blind bit / the blindest bit of ...

- turn a blind eye (to sth)

—more at love noun

■ verb [ vn ]


to permanently destroy sb's ability to see :

She was blinded in the explosion.


to make it difficult for sb to see for a short time :

When she went outside she was temporarily blinded by the sun.


~ sb (to sth) to make sb no longer able to think clearly or behave in a sensible way :

His sense of loyalty blinded him to the truth.


- blind sb with science

—more at eff

■ noun


( NAmE also shade , ˈwindow shade ) [ C ] a covering for a window, especially one made of a roll of cloth that is fixed at the top of the window and can be pulled up and down

—see also venetian blind


[ sing. ] something people say or do to hide the truth about sth in order to trick other people

■ adverb

( in connection with flying ) without being able to see; using instruments only


- blind drunk

—more at rob , swear



blind / blindly

There are two adverbs that come from the adjective blind . Blindly means 'not being able to see what you are doing' or 'not thinking about something'. The adverb blind is mainly used in the context of flying and means 'without being able to see', 'using instruments only'.



Old English , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German blind .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.