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"bomb" in British English

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bombnoun

uk   /bɒm/  us   /bɑːm/
  • bomb noun (WEAPON)

B1 [C] a ​weapon that ​explodes and is used to ​kill or ​hurtpeople or to ​damagebuildings: A 100-pound bomb exploded/went off today, ​injuring three ​people. The ​terrorists had planted a bomb near the ​policestation. During World War II, the British dropped a ​hugenumber of bombs on Dresden.the bomb one or more atom bombs: The US was the first ​country to have the bomb.

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bombverb

uk   /bɒm/  us   /bɑːm/
  • bomb verb (USE WEAPON)

B1 [T] to ​drop bombs on something: Planes bombed the ​city every ​night.B1 [T] to ​destroy something by ​exploding a bomb inside it: This ​hotel was bombed a few ​years ago. The ​building was ​completely bombed out (= ​completelydestroyed by a bomb).

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(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bomb" in American English

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bombnoun [C]

 us   /bɑm/
  • bomb noun [C] (WEAPON)

a ​weapon that ​explodes: Was there any ​warning before the bomb went off?
  • bomb noun [C] (FAIL)

infml a ​completefailure: The last ​play was a bomb.

bombverb

 us   /bɑm/
  • bomb verb (WEAPON)

[T] to ​explode bombs, or to ​drop bombs from ​aircraft: They bombed ​enemy airfields.
  • bomb verb (FAIL)

[I] infml to ​failcompletely: A lot of ​students bombed on that last ​exam.
(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bomb" in Business English

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bombnoun [S]

uk   us   /bɒm/ UK informal
cost a bomb to ​cost a lot of ​money: Bank ​loans, if ​available at all, ​cost a bomb.
make a bomb to make a lot of ​money: They made a bomb ​sellingscrap metal.

bombverb [I]

uk   us   /bɒm/ US informal
to ​fail very badly: The movie bombed at the ​boxoffice.
(Definition of bomb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “bomb”
in Korean 폭탄…
in Arabic قُنْبُلة…
in Malaysian bom…
in French bombe…
in Russian бомба…
in Chinese (Traditional) 武器, 炸彈, 爆炸裝置…
in Italian bomba…
in Turkish bomba…
in Polish bomba…
in Spanish bomba…
in Vietnamese quả bom…
in Portuguese bomba…
in Thai ลูกระเบิด…
in German die Bombe…
in Catalan bomba…
in Japanese 爆弾…
in Chinese (Simplified) 武器, 炸弹, 爆炸装置…
in Indonesian bom…
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