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detonate

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verb det·o·nate \ˈde-tən-ˌāt, ˈde-tə-ˌnāt\

Simple Definition of detonate

  • : to explode or to cause (something, such as a bomb) to explode

Full Definition of detonate

det·o·nat·eddet·o·nat·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to explode with sudden violence

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to cause to detonate <detonate a bomb> — compare deflagrate

  5. 2 :  to set off in a burst of activity :  spark <programs that detonated controversies>

det·o·nat·able play \-ˌā-tə-bəl, -ˌnā-\ adjective
det·o·na·tive play \ˈde-tən-ˌā-tiv, ˈde-tə-ˌnā-\ adjective

Examples of detonate

  1. The first atomic bomb was detonated in 1945.

  2. <the bomb detonated with a thunder that could be heard for blocks in all directions>



Origin 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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