blot out

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "blot out":
present tense I/you/we/they blot out he/she/it blots out present participle blotting out past tense blotted out past participle blotted out
1) to cover something so that you can no longer see it

Dark clouds overhead had blotted out the sun.

2) to forget something unpleasant, or to make someone forget an unpleasant memory or feeling

She tried hard to blot out the bitter memories of the divorce.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • blot out — index censor, condone, deface, delete, destroy (efface), eliminate (eradicate), eradicate …   Law dictionary

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  • blot out — verb make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing (Freq. 6) a hidden message a veiled threat • Syn: ↑obscure, ↑obliterate, ↑veil, ↑hide • Derivationally related forms …   Useful english dictionary

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  • blot out — phr verb Blot out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑memory, ↑sun …   Collocations dictionary

  • blot out — Synonyms and related words: abate, abbreviate, abolish, abridge, annul, becloud, bedarken, bedim, begloom, black, black out, blacken, blast, block the light, blot, blue pencil, bowdlerize, brown, bump off, cancel, cast a shadow, censor, cloud,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • blot out — I (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To mark out] Syn. deface, cross out, scratch out, delete; see cancel 1 . 2. [To obscure] Syn. darken, blur, shroud, eclipse; see shade 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To destroy all traces of: abolish, annihilate, clear,… …   English dictionary for students

  • blot out — {v. phr.} 1. To obstruct; cover; obscure. * /The high rise building in front of our apartment house blots out the view of the ocean./ 2. To wipe out of one s memory. * /Jane can t remember the details when she was attacked in the streets; she… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • blot out — {v. phr.} 1. To obstruct; cover; obscure. * /The high rise building in front of our apartment house blots out the view of the ocean./ 2. To wipe out of one s memory. * /Jane can t remember the details when she was attacked in the streets; she… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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