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 Less than 20 years later, the social problems the blocks seemed to have spawned were deemed so irreparable that the buildings were imploded by the local authorities. Sam Rigby, Quartz, "The Scottish city trying to make urban living less miserable," 2 Nov. 2019 Kamala Harris’s campaign began to implode almost the moment her pretenses and self-image were directly challenged. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Whither Kamala Harris? A Failed-State Senator’s Failing Campaign," 31 Oct. 2019 The four-story concrete building imploded; marines were crushed like paper dolls. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing, and the Current U.S. Retreat from Syria," 23 Oct. 2019 The desert was once a deep glacial valley that was buried by pumice during the eruption of Mount Mazama, a Cascade peak that imploded and left behind Crater Lake. oregonlive, "Oregon man pays damages after driving off-road at Crater Lake," 30 Aug. 2019 Yet primary debates do sometimes cause an obscure candidate to become a star or a star candidate to implode. The Economist, "Presidential debates seldom move opinion polls," 22 June 2019 But to some people, the trouble reinforced the notion that MoviePass’s business model is unsustainable, and that the company is doomed to implode any day now. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "MoviePass isn’t dead yet, but it’s banking on a risky strategy to stay afloat," 3 Aug. 2018 Winston has had the propensity to implode, but will have a longer leash with Fitzpatrick now in Miami. Kevin Hanson,, "Fantasy Football: Week 1 QB Rankings," 5 Sep. 2019 With the score tied, Roberts permitted reliever Joe Kelly to implode on the mound. Andy Mccullough,, "You know what that Angels’ sweep of the Dodgers meant? Not much," 12 June 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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16 Nov 2019

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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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