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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Collectively, this costuming suggests that time is out of joint and history itself is imploding. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 Arjen Robben has dismissed any notions that Bayern Munich will implode and throw away their march towards yet another Bundesliga title., "Arjen Robben Refutes Bayern Bundesliga Complacency Fears Ahead of Potential Final Season," 8 Feb. 2018 The soft-spoken native of Arkansas began in 2011 by acting on something of a whim and throwing together the website for Mt. Gox, the infamous Bitcoin exchange that became the largest in the world before imploding in 2014. New York Times, "The People Leading the Blockchain Revolution," 27 June 2018 Well, that was Boston’s pitch, too, until our improbable bid imploded in 2015, just seven months after being selected by the United States Olympic Committee to vie for the 2024 Summer Games. Shirley Leung,, "Catching up with the LA Olympics, and wondering what could have been in Boston," 12 June 2018 Castillo took a two-hit shutout in the fifth inning and promptly imploded in the Reds’ 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres before a crowd of 25,377 at Petco Park. John Fay,, "Castillo collapses in the fifth as Cincinnati Reds fall to Padres 6-3 to end trip 3-6," 3 June 2018 Since then, declining oil prices, sanctions against top government officials for alleged complicity in drug trafficking and missed payments on foreign debt obligations have caused the once-prosperous economy to implode. Chris Kraul,, "As despair continues to engulf Venezuela, voters go to the polls," 19 May 2018 Skeptics had every right to expect BOOM Charlotte to implode under the weight of its extraordinary ambitions in 2016. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "You want to see something you haven’t seen before? Stroll Plaza Midwood as it goes BOOM. | Charlotte Observer," 11 Apr. 2018 As his profile climbed ever higher, his career and personal life imploded. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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