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explode

verb  us   /ɪkˈsploʊd/

explode verb (BURST)

[I/T] to burst violently and usually with a loud noise, or to cause this to happen: [I] A bomb exploded nearby. [T] Black holes are left behind by exploding stars called supernovas. [I] fig. Yoga has exploded in popularity as a way to achieve physical and mental health.

explode verb (SHOW EMOTION)

[I] to show sudden violent emotion, esp. anger: He exploded in anger when told his luggage had been lost.

explode verb (INCREASE)

[I] to increase very quickly: The population is exploding in that part of the world.

explode verb (PROVE FALSE)

[T] to prove to be false or wrong: She hopes that this book will explode myths about poverty and intelligence.
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