erupt

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verb \i-ˈrəpt\

Definition of erupt

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to break out with or as if with a skin eruption

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to force out or release usually suddenly and violently a volcano erupting lava and ash

eruptible

play \i-ˈrəp-tə-bəl\ adjective

eruptive

play \i-ˈrəp-tiv\ adjective

eruptively

adverb

Examples of erupt in a Sentence

  1. The volcano erupted with tremendous force.

  2. A bitter dispute has erupted among the members of the team.

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Origin and Etymology of erupt

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


First Known Use: 1657



ERUPT Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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verb \i-ˈrəpt\

Definition of erupt for Students

erupted

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erupting

  1. 1 :  to send out lava, rocks, and ash in a sudden explosion The volcano erupted.

  2. 2 :  to burst out in a sudden explosion Lava erupted from the volcano.

  3. 3 :  to happen, begin, or appear suddenly War erupted. A rash erupted on my skin.


Medical Dictionary

erupt

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intransitive verb \i-ˈrəpt\

Medical Definition of erupt

  1. 1of a tooth :  to emerge through the gum

  2. 2:  to break out (as with a skin eruption)

eruptive

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