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verb bomb pronunciation in British English /bɒm/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebombing
past tensebombed
past participlebombed
  1. 1
    [transitive] to attack a place with a bomb

    NATO aircraft bombed the town again last night.

    The railway station was bombed by terrorists.

    be heavily/badly bombed:

    This whole area was heavily bombed during the conflict.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] British informal to move somewhere very quickly, especially in a vehicle
    bomb along/up/down:

    I saw you bombing along the street on your bike.

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  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to be very unsuccessful

    His latest film bombed at the box office (=not many people went to see it).

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] mainly American informal to fail a test very badly
  4. 4
    [intransitive] computing informal if a computer program bombs, it stops working because of a problem
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