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verb explode pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈspləʊd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleexploding
past tenseexploded
past participleexploded
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to burst with a lot of force and a loud noise
    Bombs were exploding all over the city.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something burst with a lot of force and a loud noise
      Terrorists have exploded bombs across the country.
    2. 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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