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 Hassler lifted the order altogether on Feb. 1, 1919, perhaps not coincidentally the day that the Anti-Mask League imploded at a final meeting. Peter Hartlaub,, "Anti-Mask League: San Francisco had its own shutdown protests during 1918 pandemic," 8 May 2020 While the United States struggles with surging cases of the coronavirus and life-or-death decisions in a fast imploding health care system, citizens stranded thousands of miles away fear that they may be left behind. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, "Stranded Abroad, Americans Ask: Why Weren’t We Warned Sooner?," 3 Apr. 2020 Every financial asset is falling at once, and the economy itself seems to be imploding. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "This Is Your Brain on a Crashing Stock Market," 19 Mar. 2020 All of them saw their careers implode and legacies tarnished in 2017 or 2018. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Artists implicated by #MeToo and scandals are making comebacks. Should audiences and venues welcome them back?," 12 Feb. 2020 The former Affiliated Computer Services building at North Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue will be imploded next month by owner De La Vega Development. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Boom! High-rise north of downtown Dallas will be imploded," 22 Jan. 2020 Perhaps not coincidentally, there was some schadenfreude in the air when Woodstock 50 imploded. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Harry Styles’s Conscientious Remix of Baby Boomer Culture," 20 Dec. 2019 First, an imploding banking system and a nationwide decline in housing prices hadn't been seen since the Great Depression. James Pethokoukis, TheWeek, "Is coronavirus really a black swan event?," 8 Mar. 2020 In 2019, investment juggernaut SoftBank poured at least $5 billion into the imploding co-working company. Fortune, "Funding for female founders increased in 2019—but only to 2.7%," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Implode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of implode

: to collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way

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