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


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

Definition of blow-up (Entry 2 of 3)

blow up

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Put another way: there’s no evidence folks should be worried about a housing blowup. Stephen Mcbride, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Josh getting up and awkwardly walking out when footage plays of his late-night kitchen blowup with CT is hilarious. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 5 May 2021 After the blowup, Ms. Vega went right on the air for an interview with an expert that hinted, perhaps, at some of what ails media right now. Ben Smith, New York Times, 23 May 2021 The blowup between Greenwald and the Intercept had a long gestation, people at the publication say. Washington Post, 21 May 2021 Of course, Bickerstaff didn’t envision the end-of-game blowup in Miami over the weekend, with Garland bellowing all the way to the visitor’s locker room. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2021 The life-size, blowup sculpture inflates and deflates. Myrna Petlicki,, 11 May 2021 That illuminates a crucial truth: There doesn’t need to be a classic emerging markets blowup for higher U.S. bond yields to have a deleterious effect on developing economies. Mike Bird, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 But the blowup at Archegos Capital is spurring calls for tougher regulation. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But James is still an all-time great who has shown indomitable will in playoff series, and Davis is still the wildly versatile two-way big man who can blow up plays everywhere on one end and then silkily score on the other. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2021 There’s no reason to blow up the foundation that’s been established, but there needs to be improvements and a change in philosophy., 15 May 2021 This is why all companies need to develop a plan for addressing negative claims that blow up on social media. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Anyway, this is where things between Fessy and CT finally blow up. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 25 Mar. 2021 As the New Orleans Pelicans stumbled around and slid down the Western Conference standings, the flashing red light to blow up this roster was a beckoning call. Scott Kushner,, 8 Feb. 2021 Therefore, don’t expect the Warriors to blow up their roster entirely. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Russell Davis II, a cat-quick defensive end, has seen his recruiting blow up since the end of last season. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2021 So, when is this Deja-Malika-Jennifer thing going to blow up in everyone’s faces? Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 11 May 2021

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First Known Use of blowup


1757, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined above


1536, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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15 Jun 2021

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“Blowup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowup

: a photograph that has been made larger
: an angry argument
: an occurrence in which someone becomes very angry : an angry outburst

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