im·​plode | \ im-ˈplōd How to pronounce implode (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web The public release of those messages prompted an outcry from constituents — and a reaction from the Latino community that it was timed to implode a vote on making the exam school changes permanent., 14 June 2021 And when life goes on, and college sports remain as popular as ever, and somehow the entire system doesn’t implode? Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 10 June 2021 That approval is all the more striking because Trump, who viewed the Dow as a barometer of his success, warned repeatedly during the 2020 campaign that the market would implode if Americans failed to reelect him. Matt Egan, CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 Without accountability, there is no sustainability—organizations will implode. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Again, spoiler alert: Annie and her roommate, Fran (Lolly Adefope), completely implode their respective relationships. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 7 May 2021 Pulling troops out of Iraq with great fanfare only to watch the country implode and then put troops back in did not fulfill that particular strategic vision. Phil Klay, Time, 23 Apr. 2021 The killings took place as the Ottoman Empire began to implode. James Hookway, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021 The walls had to be solid steel a foot thick so the chamber wouldn’t implode. Mark Synnott, Wired, 13 Apr. 2021

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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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21 Jun 2021

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“Implode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of implode

: to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way


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