erupt

verb
\ i-ˈrəpt How to pronounce erupt (audio) \
erupted; erupting; erupts

Definition of erupt

intransitive verb

1a(1) : to burst from limits or restraint
(2) of a tooth : to emerge through the gum
b : to force out or release suddenly and often violently something (such as lava or steam) that is pent up
c : to become active or violent especially suddenly : break forth war could erupt at any moment the audience erupted in applause
2 : to break out with or as if with a skin eruption

transitive verb

: to force out or release usually suddenly and violently a volcano erupting lava and ash

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Other Words from erupt

eruptible \ i-​ˈrəp-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce eruptible (audio) \ adjective
eruptive \ i-​ˈrəp-​tiv How to pronounce eruptive (audio) \ adjective
eruptively adverb

Examples of erupt in a Sentence

The volcano erupted with tremendous force. A bitter dispute has erupted among the members of the team.

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During the second course, the servers erupted in song. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Epic Lake Como Wedding Had It All: An Alta Moda Photoshoot, Fireworks, and a Surprise Opera," 11 Apr. 2019 Straightaway, the engineers and those in the auditorium erupted into cheers and applause. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Hanging out at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory," 27 Nov. 2018 After Kilauea finally stopped erupting in early August, the park started determining what infrastructure had been damaged. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Hawaii's Volcano National Park, Closed by Kilauea, Is Finally Reopening," 21 Sep. 2018 These erupted against Japanese businesses in 2012 and against a South Korean supermarket chain last year, both preceded by belligerent signalling in state propaganda. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 Buy Photo On a frigid January evening in 2016, just two weeks into Mayor Kenney’s tenure, a historic, 19th century apartment house off Rittenhouse Square erupted in a gusher of flame and smoke. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Anchorage Daily News, "After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team is out of cave," 10 July 2018 The audience erupts with excitement while workers move quickly to wipe fresh bloodstains off the mat for the next fight. John Mccall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fighting for free: The penniless pursuit of amateur MMA fighters in South Florida," 19 June 2018 The crowd erupts into applause as Tyler looks across the field to see his father, dressed in uniform, walking toward him. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Army Dad Flies Home from Overseas to Surprise 'Emotional' Son at High School Graduation," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of erupt

1657, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for erupt

Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere to burst forth, from e- + rumpere to break — more at reave

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erupt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of erupt

: to send out rocks, ash, lava, etc., in a sudden explosion also : to come out in a sudden explosion
: to happen or begin suddenly and violently
: to begin doing something (such as shouting or applauding) suddenly

erupt

verb
\ i-ˈrəpt How to pronounce erupt (audio) \
erupted; erupting

Kids Definition of erupt

1 : to send out lava, rocks, and ash in a sudden explosion The volcano erupted.
2 : to burst out in a sudden explosion Lava erupted from the volcano.
3 : to happen, begin, or appear suddenly War erupted. A rash erupted on my skin.
\ i-ˈrəpt How to pronounce erupt (audio) \

Medical Definition of erupt

1 of a tooth : to emerge through the gum
2 : to break out (as with a skin eruption)

Other Words from erupt

eruptive \ -​tiv How to pronounce eruptive (audio) \ adjective

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