explode

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪkˈspləʊd/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪkˈsploʊd/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(ik splōd)


Inflections of 'explode' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
explodes
v 3rd person singular
exploding
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
exploded
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
exploded
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
explode - blow up
‘explode’
When a bomb explodes, it bursts loudly and with great force, often causing a lot of damage.
A bomb had exploded in the next street.
You can say that someone explodes a bomb.
They exploded a nuclear device.
‘blow up’
However, if someone destroys a building with a bomb, don't say that they ‘explode’ the building. You say that they blow it up.
He was going to blow the place up.
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