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

     

    implode

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈploʊd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they implode
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpləʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈploʊd//
     
    he / she / it implodes
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpləʊdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈploʊdz//
     
    past simple imploded
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpləʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈploʊdɪd//
     
    past participle imploded
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpləʊdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈploʊdɪd//
     
    -ing form imploding
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpləʊdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈploʊdɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to burst or explode and collapse into the centre The windows on both sides of the room had imploded. See related entries: The universe
  2. 2[intransitive] (of an organization, a system, etc.) to fail suddenly and completely
  3. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from in- ‘within’ + Latin plodere, plaudere ‘to clap’, on the pattern of explode.
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