blowup

noun
blow·​up | \ ˈblō-ˌəp How to pronounce blowup (audio) \
plural blowups

Definition of blowup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a blowing up: such as
a : explosion
b : an outburst of temper
d : a catastrophic financial failure or collapse Sometime in the next few years, a blowup is likely—one that could sink an already foundering economy.— David Henry

blow-up

adjective
\ ˈblō-ˌəp How to pronounce blow-up (audio) \

Definition of blow-up (Entry 2 of 3)

blow up

verb
blew up; blown up; blowing up; blows up

Definition of blow up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to build up or tout to an unreasonable extent advertisers blowing up their products
2 : to rend apart, shatter, or destroy by explosion
3 : to fill up with a gas (such as air) blow up a balloon
4 : to make a photographic enlargement of
5 : to bring into existence by blowing of wind it may blow up a storm

intransitive verb

1a : explode
b : to be disrupted or destroyed (as by explosion)
c : to lose self-control especially : to become violently angry
2 : to become or come into being by or as if by blowing of wind
3a : to become filled with a gas
b : to become expanded to unreasonable proportions
c : to gain a large amount of weight In the ensuing two years Gibson blew up to more than 400 pounds as he ate an over-abundance of fast foods …— Tim Crothers
4 : to suddenly become very successful, prevalent, or popular Latin-tinged pop is blowing up because it fits the musical times: …— Christopher John Farley

Synonyms & Antonyms for blowup

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of blowup in a Sentence

Noun The blowup of the photograph was easy to frame. The two of them had a big blowup about something trivial. The coach's latest blowup occurred when one of his players arrived late. Verb she blew up at everybody after a very long and very bad day the building blew up because of a gas leak
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fink: Our initial blowup in popularity was 100% Tumblr. Rachel Brodsky, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 Its value has to be just right to ensure that the solution to the equations corresponds to a blowup solution in the original version of the problem. Quanta Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 Previously on the Funny Girl Broadway blowup: Feldstein made her debut as Funny Girl's iconic Fanny Brice in April. Justine Browning, EW.com, 15 July 2022 Konanykhin, a Russian immigrant who defected during the blowup of the Soviet Union and has been living in the U.S. ever since, runs a six-year-old software services company called Transparent Business with a partner named Silvina Moschini. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 22 May 2022 While some of these newcomers hit the water on stand-up paddleboards or blowup rafts, others simply revel on the sidelines, picnicking, lounging in the sun or drinking takeout cocktails. New York Times, 25 June 2022 Saban’s pontifications about Jackson State were slightly overshadowed by the subsequent, juicy blowup with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 24 May 2022 Jada Pinkett Smith turned her husband’s Oscar-night blowup into a teachable moment about alopecia areata, the hair-loss disorder affecting her and millions of others that, in some cases, can impact a person’s sense of identity. Time, 1 June 2022 Jada Pinkett Smith turned her husband’s Oscar-night blowup into a teachable moment about alopecia areata, the hair-loss disorder affecting her and millions of others that, in some cases, can impact a person’s sense of identity. Lynn Elber, BostonGlobe.com, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In November 1995, al-Zawahri dispatched suicide bombers to blow up the Egyptian Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Russian artillery batteries in Ukraine appear to be running low on ammunition as Ukrainian rockets blow up more and more supply dumps. David Axe, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Barger was convicted in 1988 of conspiracy to kill rival club members and blow up their headquarters, The Associated Press reported at the time. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 He was convicted in 1988 of conspiracy to kill members of a rival club in Kentucky and blow up their headquarters, serving five years in federal prison. Paul W. Valentine, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2022 He was convicted in 1988 of conspiracy to kill members of a rival club in Kentucky and blow up their headquarters, serving five years in federal prison. Paul W. Valentine, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 Stranger Things has caused the song to blow up around the world. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 22 June 2022 Who wouldn’t fall in love and blow up their life for her? Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 7 June 2022 And Hopper can’t come in and just blow up the machine. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blowup

Noun

1757, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1850, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1536, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Last Updated

14 Aug 2022

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“Blowup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blowup. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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