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 man indelibly linked to the Falcons' Super Bowl LI collapse has now watched his highly talented squad implode the past two weeks despite enjoying leads of at least 16 points. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "32 things we learned from Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season," 28 Sep. 2020 The first would be to implode it, but due to proximity to other buildings, that may not be feasible. Segann March, The Enquirer, "University of Cincinnati has tentative timeline for Crosley Tower demolition," 27 Oct. 2020 It’s a fun, quirky character study of four couples harboring secrets that inevitably implode in over-the-top fashion. Washington Post, "Fall reading: 12 books to keep you occupied for the rest of 2020," 5 Sep. 2020 This time the Detroit Lions had the decency to implode in the first half, politely freeing up the rest of the Sunday afternoon for their heartsick devotees. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Two weeks in, Detroit Lions' season essentially over after flop in Green Bay," 20 Sep. 2020 There were signs that the team would implode under the controversial manager, yet all the pieces seem to be there for Mourinho to succeed. Julio Vega, USA TODAY, "Premier League preview: Liverpool vs. Manchester City, race for top 4, Leeds back with Bielsa," 11 Sep. 2020 The pandemic, along with a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, caused oil prices to implode this spring. Matt Egan, CNN, "Oil prices are collapsing after Saudi Arabia sends ominous signal," 8 Sep. 2020 Powerful at its core, the wine seems to implode on itself. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Keep summer vibes going a little longer with this $15 crisp Spanish rosé," 4 Sep. 2020 Like baseball, those plans could implode at any minute. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Virus extends its winning streak in baseball," 27 July 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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Last Updated

11 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Implode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 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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