Meaning of “blast” in the English Dictionary

"blast" in British English

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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 strong force:

A tunnel was to be blasted through the mountains.
They heard the guns blasting away all night.
figurative Their latest album blasted (its way) up the charts (= moved very quickly because of its popularity).
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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 ] (EVENT)

[ usually singular ] US informal an exciting or enjoyable experience or event, often a party:

You should have come with us last night - we had a real blast!


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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us /blæst/

blast noun (EXPLOSION)

[ C ] an explosion, or something sudden and violent:

One blast of wind blew out a couple of windows.
The symphony begins with a trumpet blast.

blast noun (ENJOYMENT)

[ C usually sing ] slang an exciting and enjoyable experience:

The party was a blast.


us /blæst/

blast verb (USE EXPLOSIVES)

[ I/T ] to break apart or destroy by using explosives:

[ I ] To make the tunnel, engineers will have to blast through solid rock.

blast verb (CRITICIZE)

[ T ] to criticize strongly:

The mayor blasted the press for not printing the facts.

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(Definition of “blast” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)