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definition of the word blow

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From Old English blawan (make an air current, sound a wind instrument) from Proto-Germanic *blæanan from Proto-Indo-European *bhle- "to swell, blow up".

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to blow

Third person singular

Simple past
blew or (dialect) blowed

Past participle
blown or (dialect) blowed

Present participle

to blow (third-person singular simple present blows, present participle blowing, simple past blew or (dialect) blowed, past participle blown or (dialect) blowed)

  1. (intransitive) To produce an air current
    • Quotations
    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow! -- King Lear
  2. (intransitive) To be propelled by an air current.
    The leaves blow through the streets in the fall.
  3. (intransitive) To explode
    Get away from that burning gas tank! It's about to blow!
  4. (intransitive) (slang) To be very undesirable (see also suck)
    This blows!
  5. (intransitive) (of a cetacean) To exhale visibly through the spout the seawater it has taken in while feeding.
    There's nothing more thrilling to the whale watcher than to see a whale surface and blow.
    There she blows! (That is, "I see a whale spouting!")
  6. (transitive) To propel by an air current.
    Blow the dust off that book and open it up.
  7. (transitive) To squander.
    I managed to blow $1000 at blackjack in under an hour.
  8. (transitive) (vulgar) To fellate.
    Who did you have to blow to get those backstage passes?
  9. (transitive) To create or shape by blowing; as, to blow bubbles, to blow glass
  10. (transitive) To play a musical instrument such as a horn or woodwind.
    "He was blowing saxophone for me." Ike Turner, interview by Terri Gross, "Fresh Air", NPR, 1996.
  11. (transitive) To leave
    Let's blow this joint.

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