Definition of erupt
1a (1) : to burst from limits or restraint (2) of a tooth : to emerge through the gumb : to force out or release suddenly and often violently something (such as lava or steam) that is pent upc : 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
: to force out or release usually suddenly and violently a volcano erupting lava and ash
eruptibleplay \i-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective
eruptiveplay \i-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective
Examples of erupt in a Sentence
The volcano erupted with tremendous force.
A bitter dispute has erupted among the members of the team.
Recent Examples of erupt from the Web
The ruins eventually became a major tourism site, with tens of thousands of visitors a year before Syria erupted in war in 2011.
In some instances, those detained weren’t even involved in the protests, Romero said, citing the case of a 41-year-old woman who fled from a pharmacy when protests erupted outside and tear gas canisters started to fly.
Violence erupted at demonstrations against power cuts in several towns in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, leading to clashes with police that killed a protester and wounded several, officials said.
Gunfire erupted Saturday night at Godbolt’s in-laws’ home in Bogue Chitto, a hamlet in southern Mississippi, after Deputy William Durr, 36, arrived in response to a domestic disturbance call.
Mangina said a dispute erupted at a house where two sisters live with their mother.
Clashes between rock-throwing protesters and government forces erupted in different places in the area, with police and paramilitary soldiers firing shotgun pellets and tear gas to stop the protests.
Labor protests have erupted across China in recent years as state factories have been sold on the cheap to private investors with political connections, often with few benefits for workers.
Heavy ground fire erupted and the plane of Lt. Cmdr.
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ERUPT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of erupt for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of erupt for Students
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.
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