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

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Two Bulldogs possessions later, the visitors imploded. Nathan Cambridge, Burbank Leader, "Burbank football ends nonleague schedule with loss to Hart," 13 Sep. 2019 Several notable indies have imploded in recent years (The Weinstein Co., Broad Green, Open Road), while others are holding on by a thread (STX, Annapurna). Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Film Producers Became the New Expendables: "There's Panic and Confusion"," 15 Aug. 2019 Otherwise, your open relationship could implode pretty quickly. 4. Zachary Zane, SELF, "5 Signs an Open Relationship Could Be Right for You (and 3 That It’s Probably Not)," 30 July 2019 Last season, Irving’s Celtics imploded, while Walker’s Hornets fell two wins short of a playoff appearance. Kristian Winfield,, "Former UConn star Kemba Walker says he and the Celtics are ‘a perfect fit’," 29 July 2019 With the Twins clinging to a lead over the Oakland Athletics, the bullpen imploded again, this time with usually reliable reliever Taylor Rogers blowing a save in the top of the ninth inning en route to a deflating 5-4 loss. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Twins bullpen implodes again in deflating 5-4 loss to Athletics," 20 July 2019 This week, its first attempt at a Marchionne-style mega-merger with France’s Renault SA imploded in dramatic fashion, exposing the carmaker’s stalled fortunes in an industry beset by blurring changes. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The Renault Deal Is Dead, But Fiat Chrysler Still Desperately Needs a Partner," 7 June 2019 But in 2016, Sanders’ improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton, even as socialist governments were either imploding or stagnating the world over. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Victor Davis Hanson: Why socialism, and why now?," 30 Aug. 2019 Who's Not Kepa Arrizabalaga: The young Spaniard had every right to be furious at a defence that imploded in front of him last weekend, with both Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma enduring torrid games at Manchester United., "Fantasy Premier League: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 2," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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