Simple Definition of detonate
: to explode or to cause (something, such as a bomb) to explode
Full Definition of detonate
detonatableplay \-ˌā-tə-bəl, -ˌnā-\ adjective
detonativeplay \ˈde-tən-ˌā-tiv, ˈde-tə-ˌnā-\ adjective
Examples of detonate in a sentence
The first atomic bomb was detonated in 1945.
<the bomb detonated with a thunder that could be heard for blocks in all directions>
Origin and Etymology of detonate
French détoner to explode, from Latin detonare to expend thunder, from de- + tonare to thunder — more at thunder
First Known Use: 1729
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