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
Recent Examples of detonate from the Web
Upon arrival, the royal couple stood in the foyer area of the arena, pausing in silence as they were shown the exact spot where the suicide bomb was detonated.
According to reports, the Islamic State had wired the al-Hadba' minaret and adjoining al-Nuri mosque with explosives, which were detonated as Iraqi troops approached.
Iraq's Ministry of Defense said the militants detonated explosives planted inside the structures on Wednesday night.
Ironically, it was detonated by another black stand-up comedian performing in a Philadelphia nightclub named Hannibal Buress.
Also in the cooler were 5.56-caliber bullet casings with fuses that the FBI states could be used to detonate the HMTD.
An explosion detonated in the foyer of the Manchester Arena as concertgoers were filing out killed 22 people, many of whom were young girls.
The attack began Wednesday evening local time after a car bomb was detonated outside Pizza House, a popular restaurant in the Somali capital.
Ali Khalili of the Khomeini Mausoleum told the IRNA state news agency that there were at least three, possibly four, attackers who opened fire on the tomb, and one of them detonated himself at the entrance.
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DETONATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of detonate for English Language Learners
: to explode or to cause (something, such as a bomb) to explode
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