explode Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “explode” in the English Dictionary

"explode" in British English

See all translations

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.
Compare
More examples

explode verb (EMOTION)

[I] to ​reactsuddenly with a ​strongexpression of ​emotion: [+ speech] "What on ​earth do you ​think you're doing?" she exploded (= said ​angrily). The ​children exploded intogiggles (= ​suddenlystartedlaughinguncontrollably).

explode verb (INCREASE)

[I] to ​increase very ​quickly: The ​population has exploded in the last ten ​years.

explode verb (PROVE FALSE)

[T] to show something to be ​wrong: This ​bookfinally explodes some of the myths about the ​origin of the ​universe.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of explode from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"explode" in American English

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of explode?