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present tense
I/you/we/theyblow up
he/she/itblows up
present participleblowing up
past tenseblew up
past participleblown up

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something blows up, or if someone blows something up, it explodes and is destroyed

    Terrorists had threatened to blow up the embassy.

    The boiler blew up, wrecking the entire building.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to fill something with air or gas

    We blew up lots of balloons and hung them around the room.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to make a photograph bigger

    They had blown up the picture to make a huge poster of his face.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to suddenly become angry and shout at someone
    blow up at:

    She just blew up at me.

  5. 5
    [intransitive] if a storm or strong wind blows up, it suddenly starts

    The race had to be canceled when the storm blew up.

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