Definition of detonate
- detonate a bomb
- programs that detonated controversies
The first atomic bomb was detonated in 1945.
the bomb detonated with a thunder that could be heard for blocks in all directions
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: to explode or to cause (something, such as a bomb) to explode
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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