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English verb: blow up

1. blow up (change) cause to burst with a violent release of energy


SamplesWe exploded the nuclear bomb.


Synonymsdetonate, explode, set off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Narrower (hyponym)dynamite, fulminate


Causeblow up, detonate, explode

2. blow up (change) make large


SamplesBlow up an image.


Synonymsenlarge, magnify


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)increase


Domain categoryphotography, picture taking


Antonymsscale down, reduce

3. blow up (emotion) get very angry and fly into a rage


SamplesThe professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question.
Spam makes me go ballistic.


Synonymsblow a fuse, blow one's stack, combust, flip one's lid, flip one's wig, fly off the handle, go ballistic, have a fit, have kittens, hit the ceiling, hit the roof, lose one's temper, throw a fit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)rage

4. blow up (communication) add details to


ExamplesThey won't blow up the story


Synonymsaggrandise, aggrandize, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something


Broader (hypernym)amplify, exaggerate, hyperbolise, hyperbolize, magnify, overdraw, overstate


Narrower (hyponym)glorify

5. blow up (change) burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction


SamplesThe bomb detonated at noon.
The Molotov cocktail exploded.


Synonymsdetonate, explode


Pattern of useSomething ----s

6. blow up (change) exaggerate or make bigger


SamplesThe charges were inflated.


Synonymsamplify, expand, inflate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)increase


Narrower (hyponym)puff up

7. blow up (change) fill with gas or air


SamplesInflate a balloons.


Synonymsinflate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)expand


Narrower (hyponym)billow, heave, reflate, surge


Antonymsdeflate

8. blow up (change) to swell or cause to enlarge,


SamplesHer faced puffed up from the drugs.
Puffed out chests.


ExamplesDid his feet blow up?


Synonymspuff, puff out, puff up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce









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