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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The gunfire erupted at Center Point High School with about five minutes left to go in the game against Mortimer Jordan High School. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Shots fired near Alabama high school football game temporarily stop play; no injuries," 6 Sep. 2019 An 8-year-old girl died Friday night and three other people were wounded after a gunfire erupted following a brawl at a high school football jamboree in St. Louis, according to reports. Fox News, "Girl, 8, killed, others wounded in gunfire near high school football jamboree," 24 Aug. 2019 When narcotics officers breached the front door of the home, gunfire erupted almost immediately. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Former Houston officer accused of lying faces murder charges after botched raid," 23 Aug. 2019 The militants attempted a quick getaway, and gunfire erupted as the car raced away. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "‘No one just goes hiking in Afghanistan’: American woman gave birth as a Taliban hostage. Now she seeks to end her mystery.," 23 Aug. 2019 As gunfire erupted, Curtis shifted the gear into park. jsonline.com, "A look at the justice system through one man's story," 21 Aug. 2019 Riverside police and Riverside County sheriff's deputies also were called and more gunfire erupted as the gunman took cover in front of his car. CBS News, "CHP officer killed and 2 wounded in shootout near L.A.-area freeway," 13 Aug. 2019 The gunfire erupted around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Oakdale and Griffith streets, where officers found Dietrich Whitley on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, according to San Francisco police. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Man shot to death in San Francisco’s Bayview identified, killer sought," 12 Aug. 2019 As the gunfire erupted Sunday, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar stayed back to keep pace with a relative who uses a cane. San Diego Union-Tribune, "10-year-old dragged toddler to safety as gunfire erupted," 30 July 2019

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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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