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erupt

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verb \i-ˈrəpt\

Simple Definition of erupt

  • : to send out rocks, ash, lava, etc., in a sudden explosion; also : to come out in a sudden explosion

  • : to happen or begin suddenly and violently

  • : to begin doing something (such as shouting or applauding) suddenly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of erupt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to burst from limits or restraint (2) of a tooth :  to emerge through the gum b :  to force out or release suddenly and often violently something (as lava or steam) that is pent up c :  to become active or violent especially suddenly :  break forth <war could erupt at any moment> <the audience erupted in applause>

  3. 2 :  to break out with or as if with a skin eruption

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to force out or release usually suddenly and violently <a volcano erupting lava and ash>

eruptible play \-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective
eruptive play \-tiv\ adjective
eruptively adverb

Examples of erupt in a sentence

  1. The volcano erupted with tremendous force.

  2. A bitter dispute has erupted among the members of the team.



Origin of erupt

Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere to burst forth, from e- + rumpere to break — more at reave


First Known Use: 1657

Rhymes with erupt



ERUPT Defined for Kids

erupt

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verb \i-ˈrəpt\

Definition of erupt for Students

eruptederupting

  1. 1 :  to send out lava, rocks, and ash in a sudden explosion <The volcano erupted.>

  2. 2 :  to burst out in a sudden explosion <Lava erupted from the volcano.>

  3. 3 :  to happen, begin, or appear suddenly <War erupted.> <A rash erupted> on my skin.




Medical Dictionary

erupt

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intransitive verb \i-ˈrəpt\

Medical Definition of erupt

  1. 1of a tooth :  to emerge through the gum

  2. 2:  to break out (as with a skin eruption)

eruptive \-tiv\play adjective




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