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explode

verb uk   /ɪkˈspləʊd/ us    /-ˈsploʊd/

explode verb (BREAK APART)

B1 [I or T] to break up into pieces violently, or to cause something to do this: A bomb exploded at one of the capital's busiest railway stations this morning. He was driving so fast that his car tyre exploded.
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explode verb (EMOTION)

[I] to react suddenly with a strong expression of emotion: [+ speech] "What on Earth do you think you're doing?" she exploded (= said angrily). The children exploded into giggles (= suddenly started laughing uncontrollably).

explode verb (INCREASE)

[I] to increase very quickly: The population has exploded in the last ten years.

explode verb (PROVE FALSE)

[T] to show something to be wrong: This book finally explodes some of the myths about the origin of the universe.
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