erupt

verb
\ i-ˈrəpt \
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 \ adjective
eruptive \ i-​ˈrəp-​tiv \ 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 list goes on — and yet, in the closing weeks of 2018, anti-government protests erupted in Hungary. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 Just as one girl stood up to share some of her thoughts, Michelle crept through the door and hugged her from behind — and the room erupted into tears and squeals of disbelief. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Michelle Obama and Oprah Surprise a Group of Unsuspecting High School Girls," 13 Nov. 2018 The east side of the Big Island has taken the brunt from previous storms and is still reeling after lava from an erupting volcano wiped out entire neighborhoods. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Seattle Times, "Residents prepare as hurricane near Hawaii strengthens," 21 Aug. 2018 Lujo's blast set an immediate tone to the championship game, and Coconut Creek erupted for three more runs that inning highlighted by Evan Russo's RBI double. Rick Menning, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coconut Creek Little Leaguers set off their own fireworks in district all-star finale," 6 July 2018 Arguments have erupted over changing rooms, all-women MP shortlists and even the cabin arrangements of the Caledonian Sleeper train. The Economist, "A culture war comes to Westminster," 5 July 2018 As crews worked to pull the man aboard, cheers and applause erupted at the buffet. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "He posted on Facebook about a man going overboard. Weeks later, he plunged into the sea," 3 July 2018 An occasional cloud of bubbles erupts outside the windows, designed to mimic a sub descending. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New Legoland submarine taking its guests into the "deep sea" — sharks, stringrays included," 1 July 2018 When Cotopaxi erupted three years ago, a resulting explosion caused its crater floor to drop dramatically, changing its shape. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists look to music of volcanos to better monitor eruptions," 24 Aug. 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 \
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 \

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 \ adjective

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