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  1. [verb] cause to explode; "We exploded the nuclear bomb"
    Synonyms: detonate, blow up, set off

  2. [verb] burst outward, usually with noise; "The champagne bottle exploded"
    Synonyms: burst

  3. [verb] show a violent emotional reaction; "The boss exploded when he heard of the resignation of the secretary"

  4. [verb] be unleashed; burst forth with violence or noise; "His anger exploded"
    Synonyms: burst forth, break loose

  5. [verb] destroy by exploding; "The enemy exploded the bridge"

  6. [verb] cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/

  7. [verb] drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

  8. [verb] show (a theory or claim) to be baseless, or refute and make obsolete

  9. [verb] increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted"
    Synonyms: irrupt


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