- 1 [transitive] bomb something to attack somebody/something by leaving a bomb in a place or by dropping bombs from a plane Terrorists bombed several army barracks. The city was heavily bombed in the war. See related entries: Conflict
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (British English, informal) to move very fast, especially in a vehicle, in a particular direction They were bombing down the road at about 80 miles an hour.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] bomb (something) (North American English, informal) to fail a test or an exam very badly The exam was impossible! I definitely bombed it.
- 4[intransitive] (informal) (of a play, show, etc.) to fail very badly His latest musical bombed and lost thousands of dollars. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus
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BrE BrE//bɒm//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bomb
BrE BrE//bɒm//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːm//he / she / it bombs
BrE BrE//bɒmz//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːmz//past simple bombed
BrE BrE//bɒmd//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːmd//past participle bombed
BrE BrE//bɒmd//; NAmE NAmE//bɑːmd//-ing form bombing
BrE BrE//ˈbɒmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːmɪŋ//Conflict