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"explode" in British English

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explodeverb

uk   /ɪkˈspləʊd/  us   /ɪkˈsploʊd/
  • 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.
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(Definition of explode from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"explode" in American English

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explodeverb

 us   /ɪkˈsploʊd/
  • explode verb (BURST)

[I/T] to burst violently and usually with a loud noise, or to cause this to happen: [I] A bomb exploded nearby. [T] Black holes are left behind by exploding stars called supernovas. [I] fig. Yoga has exploded in popularity as a way to achieve physical and mental health.
  • explode verb (SHOW EMOTION)

[I] to show sudden violent emotion, esp. anger: He exploded in anger when told his luggage had been lost.
  • explode verb (INCREASE)

[I] to increase very quickly: The population is exploding in that part of the world.
  • explode verb (PROVE FALSE)

[T] to prove to be false or wrong: She hopes that this book will explode myths about poverty and intelligence.
(Definition of explode from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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