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
In 2009, AQAP sent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, now known as the Underwear bomber, aboard an airliner headed to Detroit with the aim of detonating his explosives and killing everyone aboard.
A senior Ukrainian military intelligence officer was killed when a bomb detonated under his car in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said, in an act the government is treating as terrorism.
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.
On May 31, a few days after the start of Ramadan, a suicide attacker detonated a truck bomb in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, killing around 90 people and injuring 400.
Also in the cooler were 5.56-caliber bullet casings with fuses that the FBI states could be used to detonate the HMTD.
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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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