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English definition of “explode”


verb [I or T] (BREAK APART)    /ɪkˈspləʊd/ US  /-ˈsploʊd/
B1 to break up into pieces violently , or to cause something to do this: A bomb exploded at one of London's busiest railway stations this morning . He was driving so fast that his car tyre exploded. → Compare implodeExploding and erupting
(Definition of explode verb (BREAK APART) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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