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

 

detonate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈdetəneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetəneɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they detonate
BrE BrE//ˈdetəneɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetəneɪt//
 
he / she / it detonates
BrE BrE//ˈdetəneɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetəneɪts//
 
past simple detonated
BrE BrE//ˈdetəneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetəneɪtɪd//
 
past participle detonated
BrE BrE//ˈdetəneɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetəneɪtɪd//
 
-ing form detonating
BrE BrE//ˈdetəneɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdetəneɪtɪŋ//
 
Terrorism
 
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[intransitive, transitive] detonate (something) to explode, or to make a bomb or other device explode Two other bombs failed to detonate. The terrorists planned to detonate the device when the shop was empty. The bomb was detonated by remote control. Synonymsexplodeblow up go off burst erupt detonateThese are all words that can be used when something bursts apart violently, causing damage or injury.explode to burst loudly and violently, causing damage; to make something burst in this way:The jet smashed into a hillside and exploded. The bomb was exploded under controlled conditions.blow (something) up to be destroyed by an explosion; to destroy something by an explosion:A police officer was killed when his car blew up.go off (of a bomb) to explode; (of a gun) to be fired:The bomb went off in a crowded street. When used about guns, the choice of go off (instead of ‘be fired’) can suggest that the gun was fired by accident.burst to break open or apart, especially because of pressure from inside; to make something break in this way:That balloon’s going to burst.erupt (of a volcano) to throw out burning rocks and smoke; (of burning rocks and smoke) to be thrown out of a volcano.detonate (rather formal) (of a bomb) to explode; to make a bomb explode:Two other bombs failed to detonate.Patterns a bomb explodes/​blows up/​goes off/​bursts/​detonates a car/​plane/​vehicle explodes/​blows up a firework/​rocket explodes/​goes off See related entries: Terrorism Word Origin early 18th cent.: from Latin detonat- ‘thundered down or forth’, from the verb detonare, from de- ‘down’ + tonare ‘to thunder’.
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