im·​plode | \im-ˈplōd \
imploded; imploding

Definition of implode 

intransitive verb

1a : to burst inward a blow causing a vacuum tube to implode

b : to undergo violent compression massive stars which implode

2 : to collapse inward as if from external pressure also : to become greatly reduced as if from collapsing

3 : to break down or fall apart from within : self-destruct the firm … imploded from greed and factionalism— Jan Hoffman

transitive verb

: to cause to implode

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Examples of implode in a Sentence

a controlled demolition during which the entire building imploded in a matter of seconds

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That plan, which sent office tenants fleeing, imploded with the bursting of the housing bubble. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Goldman Sachs buying Seattle’s historic Smith Tower," 23 Oct. 2018 Almost from the moment the attack took place, Venezuela's opposition has warned that Maduro would use the incident to intensify a crackdown on his opponents as the government seeks to tamp down discontent over the country's imploding economy. Christine Armario, Fox News, "Foe accused by Maduro says Venezuela military is fracturing," 15 Aug. 2018 So the movie ticket wars won’t end if and when MoviePass implodes. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "MoviePass isn’t dead yet, but it’s banking on a risky strategy to stay afloat," 3 Aug. 2018 Like homeowners who took cash-out refis, some companies had borrowed heavily to invest in MBSs and could quickly implode if the market dropped, particularly if they were exposed to subprime. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018 After grabbing a two-shot lead with a birdie on No. 1, DeChambeau imploded with a triple-bogey eight on the normally birdie-able par-5 second., "Ian Poulter takes 1-shot lead at Hilton Head," 15 Apr. 2018 The Weinstein Company subsequently imploded, filing for bankruptcy and agreeing to sell itself to Lantern Capital Partners, a Dallas private equity firm, for $289 million. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Bob Weinstein to Leave Board of the Weinstein Company," 12 July 2018 Leading, 3-0, with just more than 15 minutes to play, New England imploded, conceding three late goals as the match ended in a draw. Dan Shulman,, "Streaking Revolution looking for lucky 7," 6 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports Earlier this week, NBA Twitter imploded when the Golden State Warriors signed free-agent big man DeMarcus Cousins, to a one-year, $5.3 million contract. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of implode

1881, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for implode

in- entry 2 + -plode (as in explode)

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The first known use of implode was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of implode

: to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way

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