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Meaning of “blast” in the English Dictionary

"blast" in British English

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blastverb

uk   /blɑːst/  us   /blæst/
  • blast verb (EXPLODE)

[I or T] to ​explode or ​destroy something or someone with ​explosives, or to ​break through or ​hit something with a ​similar, very ​strongforce: A ​tunnel was to be blasted through the ​mountains. They ​heard the ​guns blasting away all ​night.figurative Their ​latestalbum blasted (​its way) up the ​charts (= ​moved very ​quickly because of ​itspopularity).
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  • blast verb (NOISE)

[I or T] to make a very ​loud and ​unpleasantnoise: guns/​music blasting (away/out)
  • blast verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] informal to ​criticize someone or something ​severely: The ​administration was blasted for ​failing to ​createjobs.
Phrasal verbs

blastnoun [C]

uk   /blɑːst/  us   /blæst/
  • blast noun [C] (EXPLOSION)

an ​explosion: Three ​people were ​injured in the blast.

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  • blast noun [C] (AIR)

a ​suddenstrongblow of ​air: A blast ofcoldairhit him as he ​opened the ​window.
  • blast noun [C] (NOISE)

a ​suddenloudnoise: a blast ofmusic The ​coachblew three blasts on a ​whistle.
  • blast noun [C] (EVENT)

[usually singular] US informal an ​exciting or ​enjoyableexperience or ​event, often a ​party: You should have come with us last ​night - we had a ​real blast!
  • blast noun [C] (EMAIL)

US an ​emailsent by a ​company or ​organization to a ​largenumber of ​people: He ​announced in an email blast to ​supporters that he is ​suspending his ​campaign.

blastexclamation

uk   /blɑːst/  us   /blæst/ (also blast it) old-fashioned informal
(Definition of blast from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"blast" in American English

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blastnoun

 us   /blæst/
  • blast noun (EXPLOSION)

[C] an ​explosion, or something ​sudden and ​violent: One blast of ​windblew out a ​couple of ​windows. The ​symphonybegins with a ​trumpet blast.
  • blast noun (ENJOYMENT)

[C usually sing] slang an ​exciting and ​enjoyableexperience: The ​party was a blast.

blastverb

 us   /blæst/
  • blast verb (USE EXPLOSIVES)

[I/T] to ​breakapart or ​destroy by using explosives: [I] To make the ​tunnel, ​engineers will have to blast through ​solidrock.
  • blast verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] to ​criticizestrongly: The ​mayor blasted the ​press for not ​printing the ​facts.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of blast from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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