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English verb: explode

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

SamplesWe exploded the nuclear bomb.

Synonymsblow up, detonate, set off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)dynamite, fulminate

Causeblow up, detonate, explode

2. explode (change) burst outward, usually with noise

SamplesThe champagne bottle exploded.


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

Broader (hypernym)change integrity

Narrower (hyponym)belch, crump, erupt, extravasate, go off

Antonymsimplode, go off

3. explode (cognition) show a violent emotional reaction

SamplesThe boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

4. explode (change) be unleashed; emerge with violence or noise

SamplesHis anger exploded.

Synonymsbreak loose, burst forth

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

5. explode (contact) destroy by exploding

SamplesThe enemy exploded the bridge.

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

Broader (hypernym)destroy, ruin

6. explode (communication) cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say, sound out

7. explode (communication) drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)condemn

Entailboo, hiss

8. explode (cognition) show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete

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

Broader (hypernym)confute, disprove

9. explode (change) burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction

SamplesThe bomb detonated at noon.
The Molotov cocktail exploded.

Synonymsblow up, detonate

Pattern of useSomething ----s

10. explode (change) increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner

SamplesThe population of India is exploding.
The island's rodent population irrupted.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase

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