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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.


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

Broader (hypernym)expand

Narrower (hyponym)billow, heave, reflate, surge


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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