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verb burst pronunciation in American English /bɜrst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebursting
past tenseburst
past participleburst
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something filled with air or water bursts, or if you burst it, it breaks suddenly because there is too much pressure inside it or against it

    Did a tire burst?

    She spitefully burst the little boy’s balloon.

    1. b.
      [transitive] if a river bursts its banks, water rises above its sides and spreads over the surrounding area
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to go somewhere quickly and suddenly
    burst into/through/out:

    A man burst into the room waving a gun.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become noticeable or successful quickly and suddenly
      burst into/onto/upon:

      He burst onto the racing scene in 1998.


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