explode


explode
ex|plode [ıkˈspləud US -ˈsploud] v
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1¦(burst)¦
2¦(increase suddenly)¦
3¦(strong feelings)¦
4¦(become dangerous)¦
5 explode the myth
6¦(make a loud noise)¦
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[Date: 1500-1600; : Latin; Origin: explodere 'to drive off the stage by clapping', from plaudere 'to clap']
1.) ¦(BURST)¦ [I and T]
to burst, or to make something burst, into small pieces, usually with a loud noise and in a way that causes damage
→↑explosion
The device was thrown at an army patrol but failed to explode.
Far sooner than anyone thought possible, the Russians exploded an atomic bomb.
2.) ¦(INCREASE SUDDENLY)¦ [I]
to suddenly increase greatly in number, amount, or degree
= ↑rocket
→↑explosion
Florida's population exploded after World War II.
3.) ¦(STRONG FEELINGS)¦ [I]
to suddenly express strong feelings such as anger
→↑explosion
Paul exploded. 'What has it got to do with you?' he yelled.
explode with
She exploded with grief and anger.
He told a joke which made Hank explode with laughter.
explode into
He exploded into a screaming, kicking rage.
4.) ¦(BECOME DANGEROUS)¦ [I]
if a situation explodes, it is suddenly no longer controlled, and is often violent
= ↑blow up
Riots may explode at any time.
explode into
The continued tension could explode into more violence.
5.) explode the myth
to prove that something that is believed by many people is actually wrong or not true
The programme sets out to explode the myth that some delicate tropical fish are impossible to keep.
6.) ¦(MAKE A LOUD NOISE)¦ [I]
to make a very loud noise
→↑explosion
A clap of thunder exploded overhead.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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