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



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊd//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they explode
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊd//
    he / she / it explodes
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊdz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊdz//
    past simple exploded
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊdɪd//
    past participle exploded
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊdɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊdɪd//
    -ing form exploding
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈspləʊdɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsploʊdɪŋ//
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    burst violently
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to burst or make something burst loudly and violently, causing damage synonym blow up Bombs were exploding all around the city. The firework exploded in his hand. explode something There was a huge bang as if someone had exploded a rocket outside. Bomb disposal experts exploded the device under controlled conditions. 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 compare implode See related entries: Terrorism
  2. get angry/dangerous
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] (of a person or situation) to suddenly become very angry or dangerous explode (with something) Suddenly Charles exploded with rage. explode (into something) The protest exploded into a riot. Tension between the two sides could explode at any time. + speech ‘Of course there's something wrong!’ Jem exploded. See related entries: Anger
  4. express emotion
  5. 3[intransitive] explode (into/with something) to suddenly express an emotion We all exploded into wild laughter.
  6. move suddenly
  7. 4[intransitive] explode (into something) to suddenly and quickly do something; to move suddenly with a lot of force After ten minutes the game exploded into life.
  8. make loud noise
  9. 5[intransitive] to make a sudden very loud noise Thunder exploded overhead.
  10. increase quickly
  11. 6[intransitive] to increase suddenly and very quickly in number the exploding world population
  12. show something is not true
  13. 7[transitive] explode something to show that something is not true, especially something that people believe At last, a women's magazine to explode the myth that thin equals beautiful.
  14. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘reject scornfully’): from Latin explodere ‘drive out by clapping, hiss off the stage’, from ex- ‘out’ + plaudere ‘to clap’. Sense (7) is derived from the original sense of the word. Sense (1) (late 18th cent.) evolved via an old sense ‘expel with violence and sudden noise’, perhaps influenced by obsolete displode ‘burst with a noise’.Word Familyexplode verbexplosion nounexplosive adjective noununexploded adjectiveExtra examples A blast bomb was thrown but the device failed to explode. A bomb might explode prematurely. A disagreement over public spending is set to explode. He suddenly exploded into action. Jessie practically exploded with laughter. My heart was nearly exploding in fright. She literally exploded with anger. The chemical is liable to explode on contact with water. At last, a women’s magazine to explode the myth that thin equals beautiful. The jet smashed into a hillside and exploded. The report explodes the theory that there was a conspiracy.
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