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Meaning of “explode” in the English Dictionary

"explode" in British English

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explodeverb

uk   /ɪkˈspləʊd/  us   /-ˈsploʊd/
  • explode verb (BREAK APART)

B1 [I or T] to ​break up into ​piecesviolently, or to ​cause something to do this: A bomb exploded at one of the capital's ​busiestrailwaystations this ​morning. He was ​driving so ​fast that his ​cartyre 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 ​burstviolently and usually with a ​loudnoise, or to ​cause this to ​happen: [I] A ​bomb exploded ​nearby. [T] Blackholes are ​left behind by exploding ​stars called supernovas. [I] fig. Yoga has exploded in ​popularity as a way to ​achievephysical and ​mentalhealth.
  • explode verb (SHOW EMOTION)

[I] to show ​suddenviolentemotion, 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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