blind ( blinds plural & 3rd person present) ( blinding present participle) ( blinded past tense & past participle )
1 adj Someone who is blind is unable to see because their eyes are damaged.
I started helping him run the business when he went blind...
The blind are people who are blind., n-plural the N
He was a teacher of the blind.
Early diagnosis and treatment can usually prevent blindness.
2 verb If something blinds you, it makes you unable to see, either for a short time or permanently.
The sun hit the windscreen, momentarily blinding him. V n
3 adj If you are blindwith something such as tears or a bright light, you are unable to see for a short time because of the tears or light.
v-link ADJ, usu ADJ with n
Her mother groped for the back of the chair, her eyes blind with tears.
Lettie groped blindly for the glass.
4 adj If you say that someone is blind to a fact or a situation, you mean that they ignore it or are unaware of it, although you think that they should take notice of it or be aware of it.
v-link ADJ to n (disapproval)
All the time I was blind to your suffering.
...blindness in government policy to the very existence of the unemployed.
5 verb If something blinds you to the real situation, it prevents you from realizing that it exists or from understanding it properly.
He never allowed his love of Australia to blind him to his countrymen's faults. V n to n
6 adj You can describe someone's beliefs or actions as blind when you think that they seem to take no notice of important facts or behave in an unreasonable way.
usu ADJ n (disapproval)
...her blind faith in the wisdom of the Church..., Lesley yelled at him with blind, hating rage.
7 adj A blind corner is one that you cannot see round because something is blocking your view.
He tried to overtake three cars on a blind corner and crashed head-on into a lorry.
8 n-count A blind is a roll of cloth or paper which you can pull down over a window as a covering.
10 If you say that someone is turning a blind eyeto something bad or illegal that is happening, you mean that you think they are pretending not to notice that it is happening so that they will not have to do anything about it.
turn a blind eye phrase V inflects (disapproval)
Teachers are turning a blind eye to pupils smoking at school, a report reveals today...
blind alley ( blind alleys plural ) If you describe a situation as a blind alley, you mean that progress is not possible or that the situation can have no useful results. n-count
The Internet has proved a blind alley for many firms.
blind date ( blind dates plural ) A blind date is an arrangement made for you to spend a romantic evening with someone you have never met before. n-count
blind spot ( blind spots plural )
1 n-count If you say that someone has a blind spot about something, you mean that they seem to be unable to understand it or to see how important it is.
The prime minister has a blind spot on ethical issues..., When I was single I never worried about money<endash>it was a bit of a blind spot.
2 n-count A blind spot is an area in your range of vision that you cannot see properly but which you really should be able to see. For example, when you are driving a car, the area just behind your shoulders is often a blind spot.
blind trust ( blind trusts plural ) A blind trust is a financial arrangement in which someone's investments are managed without the person knowing where the money is invested. Blind trusts are used especially by people such as members of parliament, so that they cannot be accused of using their position to make money unfairly. (BUSINESS) n-count
His shares were placed in a blind trust when he became a government minister.
in AM, use color-blind
1 adj Someone who is colour-blind cannot see the difference between colours, especially between red and green.
usu v-link ADJ
Sixteen times as many men are colour-blind as women.
What exactly is colour-blindness and how do you find out if you have it?
2 adj A colour-blind system or organization does not treat people differently according to their race or nationality.
...the introduction of more colour-blind anti-poverty programmes...
A double-blind study or experiment compares two groups of people, one of which is being tested while the other is not. Neither the people doing the testing nor the members of the two groups know which group is being tested. adj
In a double-blind trial, there were definite improvements.
Venetian blind ( Venetian blinds plural ) A Venetian blind is a window blind made of thin horizontal strips which can be adjusted to let in more or less light. n-count