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Definition of explode verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they explode
    he / she / it explodes
    past simple exploded
    -ing form exploding
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    burst violently
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to burst, or to 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. compare implode
  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!” Jim exploded.
  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, here is a women's magazine to explode the myth that thin equals beautiful. Thesaurusexplodeblow 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 (somewhat informal) to be destroyed by an explosion; to destroy something by an explosion:A police officer was killed when her 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:A water pipe burst and flooded the kitchen.erupt (of a volcano) to throw out burning rocks and smoke; (of burning rocks and smoke) to be thrown out of a volcano:Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980.detonate (somewhat 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
  14. Word Familyexplode verbexplosion nounexplosive adjective noununexploded adjectiveexplode verbexplosion nounexplosive adjective noununexploded adjective
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: explode