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verb explode pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈsploʊd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexploding
past tenseexploded
past participleexploded
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to burst with a lot of force and a loud noise

    Bombs were exploding all over the city.

    1. b.
      [intransitive] literary to make a sudden loud noise

      Thunder exploded over the meadow.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to express strong emotions in a sudden, noisy, and often violent way

    When I told Ian that Maggie had refused to come, he simply exploded.

    explode in/with:

    She suddenly exploded with rage, and stormed off.

    explode into:

    The room exploded into uproar when the fire alarm went off.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to increase a lot in size, amount, or importance over a very short period of time

    The increased availability of food has caused the deer population to explode.

    Investment in technology stocks exploded in the 1990s.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to prove that a story or theory that many people believe is in fact false

    Scientists wanted to explode the myth of a monster living in the lake.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] to move very quickly

    A group of youths exploded out of the door.

    explode into:

    Suddenly, behind her, the stage explodes into life.


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