blow

To blow is to create a burst or puff of air. When chilly breezes start to blow, it's time to close your windows.

People blow candles out on birthday cakes and blow up balloons — a person blows by directing a flow of air from the mouth in a steady stream. When the wind blows, an air current moves. Another way to blow something is to burst, break, or ruin it: "If I drive over that broken glass, I'll blow a tire," or "I just know I'm going to blow my audition." You can also blow money, by wasting or squandering it.

Definitions of blow
  1. verb
    be in motion due to some air or water current
    “The leaves were blowing in the wind”
    synonyms: be adrift, drift, float
    float
    move lightly, as if suspended
    drift
    cause to be carried by a current
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    waft
    be driven or carried along, as by the air
    tide
    be carried with the tide
    stream
    to extend, wave or float outward, as if in the wind
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  2. verb
    cause to move by means of an air current
    “The wind blew the leaves around in the yard”
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    whiff
    drive or carry as if by a puff of air
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  3. verb
    be blowing or storming
    “The wind blew from the West”
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    breeze
    blow gently and lightly
    set in
    blow toward the shore
    waft
    blow gently
    storm
    blow hard
    squall
    blow in a squall
    bluster
    blow hard; be gusty, as of wind
  4. verb
    cause air to go in, on, or through
    Blow my hair dry”
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    blast
    apply a draft or strong wind to
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    direct, send
    cause to go somewhere
  5. verb
    cause to be revealed and jeopardized
    “The story blew their cover”
    “The double agent was blown by the other side”
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    break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
    make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret
  6. noun
    a strong current of air
    synonyms: blast, gust
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    bluster
    a violent gusty wind
    sandblast
    a blast of wind laden with sand
    puff, puff of air, whiff
    a short light gust of air
    type of:
    air current, current, current of air, wind
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  7. verb
    exhale hard
    blow on the soup to cool it down”
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    gasp, heave, pant, puff
    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
    chuff, huff, puff
    blow hard and loudly
    insufflate
    blow or breathe hard on or into
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    breathe out, exhale, expire
    expel air
  8. verb
    free of obstruction by blowing air through
    blow one's nose”
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    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
  9. verb
    spout moist air from the blowhole
    “The whales blew
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    gush, spirt, spout, spurt
    gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
  10. verb
    play or sound a wind instrument
    “She blew the horn”
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    sound
    cause to sound
  11. verb
    sound by having air expelled through a tube
    “The trumpets blew
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    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  12. verb
    make a sound as if blown
    “The whistle blew
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  13. verb
    allow to regain its breath
    blow a horse”
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    rest
    give a rest to
  14. verb
    shape by blowing
    Blow a glass vase”
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  15. verb
    provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation
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    excite, stimulate, stir
    stir feelings in
  16. noun
    forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
    “he gave his nose a loud blow
    “he blew out all the candles with a single puff”
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    insufflation
    an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
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    breathing out, exhalation, expiration
    the act of expelling air from the lungs
  17. verb
    make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  18. verb
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
    synonyms: squander, waste
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    conserve, economise, economize, husband
    use cautiously and frugally
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    burn
    spend (significant amounts of money)
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    expend, use
    use up or consume fully
  19. verb
    spend lavishly or wastefully on
    “He blew a lot of money on his new home theater”
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    squander, waste
    spend thoughtlessly; throw away
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    drop, expend, spend
    pay out
  20. verb
    melt, break, or become otherwise unusable
    “The lightbulbs blew out”
    “The fuse blew
    synonyms: blow out, burn out
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    break, break down, conk out, die, fail, give out, give way, go, go bad
    stop operating or functioning
  21. verb
    burst suddenly
    “The tire blew
    “We blew a tire”
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    break open, burst, split
    come open suddenly and violently, as if from internal pressure
  22. noun
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
    “a blow on the head”
    synonyms: buffet
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    backhander
    a backhanded blow
    clip
    a sharp slanting blow
    belt, knock, rap, whack, whang
    the act of hitting vigorously
    thwack
    a hard blow with a flat object
    slap, smack, smacking
    the act of smacking something; a blow delivered with an open hand
    smacker
    a very powerful blow with the fist
    knockdown
    a blow that knocks the opponent off his feet
    KO, kayo, knockout
    a blow that renders the opponent unconscious
    swat
    a sharp blow
    lash, whip, whiplash
    a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
    biff, clout, lick, poke, punch, slug
    (boxing) a blow with the fist
    box
    a blow with the hand (usually on the ear)
    boot, kick, kicking
    the act of delivering a blow with the foot
    counterblow
    a return blow; a retaliatory blow
    swing
    a sweeping blow or stroke
    knife thrust, stab, thrust
    a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
    stinger
    a sharp stinging blow
    thump
    a heavy blow with the hand
    uppercut
    a swinging blow directed upward (especially at an opponent's chin)
    hammer, hammering, pound, pounding
    the act of pounding (delivering repeated heavy blows)
    shot
    a blow hard enough to cause injury
    wallop
    a severe blow
    TKO, technical knockout
    a knockout declared by the referee who judges one boxer unable to continue
    spank
    a slap with the flat of the hand
    counter, counterpunch, parry
    a return punch (especially by a boxer)
    KO punch, Sunday punch, haymaker, knockout punch
    a hard punch that renders the opponent unable to continue boxing
    hook
    a short swinging punch delivered from the side with the elbow bent
    jab
    a quick short straight punch
    rabbit punch
    a short chopping blow to the back of the neck
    sucker punch
    an unexpected punch
    goal-kick
    (association football) a kick by the defending side after the attacking side sends the ball over the goal-line
    goal-kick
    (rugby) an attempt to kick a goal
    punt, punting
    (football) a kick in which the football is dropped from the hands and kicked before it touches the ground
    place kick, place-kicking
    (sports) a kick in which the ball is placed on the ground before kicking
    dropkick
    (football) kicking (as for a field goal) in which the football is dropped and kicked as it touches the ground
    lunge, passado, straight thrust
    (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
    remise
    (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)
    cheap shot
    an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
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    stroke
    a single complete movement
  23. noun
    an impact (as from a collision)
    synonyms: bump
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    jar, jolt, jounce, shock
    a sudden jarring impact
    concussion
    any violent blow
    rap, strike, tap
    a gentle blow
    bang, bash, belt, knock, smash
    a vigorous blow
    buffeting, pounding
    repeated heavy blows
    sideswipe
    a glancing blow from or on the side of something (especially motor vehicles)
    slap, smack
    a blow from a flat object (as an open hand)
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    impact
    the striking of one body against another
  24. noun
    an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
    synonyms: shock
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    blip
    a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption
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    surprise
    a sudden unexpected event
  25. noun
    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
    synonyms: black eye, reversal, reverse, setback
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    whammy
    a serious or devastating setback
    hiccup
    a minor or temporary error or setback
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  26. verb
    leave; informal or rude
    Blow now!”
    synonyms: shove along, shove off
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    depart, go, go away
    move away from a place into another direction
  27. noun
    street names for cocaine
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    cocain, cocaine
    a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive
  28. verb
    lay eggs
    “certain insects are said to blow
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    lay, put down, repose
    put in a horizontal position
  29. verb
    show off
    synonyms: bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt
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    puff
    speak in a blustering or scornful manner
    crow, gloat, triumph
    dwell on with satisfaction
    congratulate, preen
    pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
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    amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate
    to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
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