explode Meaning, definition in Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "explode" - English Dictionary

See all translations

explodeverb

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.
Compare
More examples

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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of explode from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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
social security

a system of payments made by the government to people who are ill, poor, or who have no job

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More