Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “explode”

explode

verb  /ɪkˈsploʊd/ us  

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.
(Definition of explode from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of explode?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “explode” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More