blur

To blur is to make or become unfocused and fuzzy. Crying hard can cause your vision to blur until you wipe your tears away.

Heavy smog or early morning fog can blur your view of the city, and two candidates' similar views can blur the differences between their political parties. In both cases, things become indistinct and hazy. You can also call the haze itself a blur: "The whole day was just a blur after the exciting news I got in the morning." In the 16th century, blur meant "smear on the surface of writing."

Definitions of blur
  1. verb
    make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
    synonyms: confuse, obnubilate, obscure
    conflate, confound, confuse
    mistake one thing for another
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    types:
    muddy
    cause to become muddy
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    make less distinct or clear
    “The haze blurs the hills”
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    Antonyms:
    focus
    cause to converge on or toward a central point
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    make dim or indistinct
    “The fog blurs my vision”
    synonyms: blear
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    Antonyms:
    focalise, focalize, focus, sharpen
    put (an image) into focus
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    make a smudge on; soil by smudging
    synonyms: smear, smudge, smutch
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    types:
    resmudge
    smudge again
    dust
    rub the dust over a surface so as to blur the outlines of a shape
    type of:
    rub
    move over something with pressure
  5. verb
    become vague or indistinct
    “The distinction between the two theories blurred
    synonyms: dim, slur
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    Antonyms:
    focalise, focalize, focus
    become focussed or come into focus
    types:
    efface, obliterate
    remove completely from recognition or memory
    type of:
    weaken
    become weaker
  6. verb
    become glassy; lose clear vision
    synonyms: film over, glaze over
  7. noun
    a hazy or indistinct representation
    “it happened so fast it was just a blur
    synonyms: fuzz
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    type of:
    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
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