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

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 As the Soviet Union began to implode, the onetime Marxist-Leninist permitted a partial market economy, allowing Chevron, Texaco and other U.S. companies to tap Angola’s vast offshore oil fields, the country’s chief income source. Bob Drogin, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, warned that the ports must be operational within the next 60 days or Ukraine's agriculture-centric economy will implode. Matt Egan, CNN, 12 May 2022 That algorithmic stablecoin saw its market capitalization implode from $18 million one week to nearly nothing. Chris Morris, Fortune, 31 May 2022 There is a heartwrenching misunderstanding between Evelyn and Joy — and Joy’s nihilist alter ego, Jobu Tupaki, who has channeled her pain into a burning desire to implode the multiverse with a black hole everything bagel. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Without further ado, here's the scoop straight from dermatologists on some of the best acne treatments for every type of zit, cyst, and pustule threatening to implode on your skin. Michelle Rostamian, Allure, 11 Mar. 2022 Walter White’s descent into evil was Wagnerian in intensity, but the incremental nature of Jimmy’s moral downfall feels more painful, like witnessing a luckless friend slowly implode. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022 The finale charts Elizabeth and Sunny's desperate attempts to save face before their relationship and Theranos implode. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 The mini-series revolves around a family whose lives are upended when oil supplies are contaminated by an infectious agent, causing society to implode in the face of global disaster. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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15 Jul 2022

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“Implode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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