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verb (used without object), blazed, blaz·ing.
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Origin of blaze

First recorded before 1000; Middle English blase, blease, blese “a flame, blaze,” Old English blase, blæse “torch, lamp”; cognate with Middle High German blas “torch,” German blass (adjective) “pale, whitish”

synonym study for blaze

1. See flame.

Other definitions for blaze (2 of 3)

[ bleyz ]
/ bleɪz /

a spot or mark made on a tree, as by painting or notching or by chipping away a piece of the bark, to indicate a trail or boundary.
a white area down the center of the face of a horse, cow, etc.
verb (used with object), blazed, blaz·ing.
to mark with blazes: to blaze a trail.
to lead in forming or finding (a new method, course, etc.): His research in rocketry blazed the way for space travel.

Origin of blaze

First recorded in 1635–45; akin to Old Norse blesi, Dutch bles, German Blässe, all meaning “white mark on a beast's face,” and to German adjective blass “pale”; see blaze1

Other definitions for blaze (3 of 3)

[ bleyz ]
/ bleɪz /

verb (used with object), blazed, blaz·ing.
to make known; proclaim; publish: Headlines blazed the shocking news.
Obsolete. to blow, as from a trumpet.

Origin of blaze

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English blasen “to blow (a horn), fan (fire), breathe (flames),” from Middle Dutch blasen “to blow (a horn)”; cognate with Old Norse blāsa “to blow (as wind, or with the mouth), blow a horn”; see also blast
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What does blaze mean?

A blaze is a bright flame or large fire, characterized as being very bright or burning very hot.

Related to this, a blaze is also anything that is exceptionally bright, colorful, passionate, intense, or sudden, such as a jewel.

Also related to this, to blaze means to burn brightly or hotly or to shine like a flame.

A blaze is also a spot or mark on a tree used to indicate the direction of a trail. To blaze a trail is to mark trees or other landmarks, like rocks, with a blaze. Figuratively, if you blaze a trail, you are finding a new way.

To blaze is also to make known or publish, as in The newspaper blazed the result of the trial on the front page.

Example: The house was in a blaze by the time the firefighters arrived but everyone got out safely.

Where does blaze come from?

The first records of the fire blaze come from before the 1000s. It ultimately comes from the Old English blase, meaning “torch, lamp.” The first records of the trail blaze come from the 1630s, related to the Old Norse blesi meaning “white mark on a beast’s face.” And the first records of “make known” blasé come from the 1300s, from the Middle Dutch blasen, meaning “to blow (a horn).”

You might hear some phrases that use blaze. For example, blaze forth or trailblaze means to figuratively forge a path, as you would when marking a trail in the woods. Blazes is a synonym for hell, playing off the image of hell being made up of fire and brimstone. This meaning can be seen in the exclamation oh blazes, meaning “oh hell.” Finally, blaze can be used as a slang term meaning “to smoke cannabis.”

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How is blaze used in real life?

Blaze is a common word with several unrelated meanings. The most common usage relates to fire and light.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for blaze?

A. smoke
B. wildfire
C. conflagration
D. bonfire

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British Dictionary definitions for blaze (1 of 3)

/ (bleɪz) /

verb (intr)
See also blazes

Word Origin for blaze

Old English blæse

British Dictionary definitions for blaze (2 of 3)

/ (bleɪz) /

a mark, usually indicating a path, made on a tree, esp by chipping off the bark
a light-coloured marking on the face of a domestic animal, esp a horse
verb (tr)
to indicate or mark (a tree, path, etc) with a blaze
blaze a trail to explore new territories, areas of knowledge, etc, in such a way that others can follow

Word Origin for blaze

C17: probably from Middle Low German bles white marking; compare blemish

British Dictionary definitions for blaze (3 of 3)

/ (bleɪz) /

(tr often foll by abroad) to make widely known; proclaim

Word Origin for blaze

C14: from Middle Dutch blāsen, from Old High German blāsan; related to Old Norse blāsa
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