Definition of bomb verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    bomb

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 4[intransitive] (informal) (of a play, show, etc.) to fail very badly His latest musical bombed and lost thousands of dollars.
  5. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French bombe, from Italian bomba, probably from Latin bombus ‘booming, humming’, from Greek bombos, of imitative origin. Phrasal Verbsbe bombed out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bomb