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blush

When you blush, you turn red because you are embarrassed. And, oddly enough, women wear the make-up variety of blush to add color to their cheeks — not to appear embarrassed but to appear attractive.

Women use a type of makeup called blush to add redness to their cheeks. That can help you remember the other meanings of this word, which all relate to redness or rosiness. When you have a blush — or are blushing — your face gets red. People blush when they’re embarrassed. Having a crush can cause blushing; so can getting caught stealing something. Blushing is caused by blood rushing to the head: thus, the color red.

Definitions of blush
  1. verb
    become rosy or reddish
    “her cheeks blushed in the cold winter air”
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    type of:
    redden
    turn red or redder
  2. verb
    turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
    synonyms: crimson, flush, redden
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    type of:
    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
  3. noun
    a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health
    synonyms: bloom, flush, rosiness
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    type of:
    good health, healthiness
    the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
  4. noun
    sudden reddening of the face (as from embarrassment or guilt or shame or modesty)
    synonyms: flush
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