Definition of detonate in English:

detonate

verb

  • Explode or cause to explode.

    [no object] ‘two other bombs failed to detonate’
    [with object] ‘a trigger that can detonate nuclear weapons’
    • ‘He reveals to Dan Jones how he detonated the sparks of controversy.’
    • ‘Previously it was thought that one car bomb had detonated, but the statement said two devices went off.’
    • ‘However, I wonder if they are capable of making, assembling and detonating a bomb of that capacity.’
    • ‘It was not clear whether he planned to detonate the bomb at the checkpoint or had intended to explode it at another target.’
    • ‘It has spurred India to go ahead publicly detonating nuclear devices.’
    • ‘He was apparently waiting to be picked up by the general's official car when the first bomb was detonated by remote control.’
    • ‘The ‘boom’ of a bomb being detonated anywhere in the vicinity is also a sound I hope you never hear.’
    • ‘They died after a suicide car bomb detonated at their checkpoint south of the capital.’
    • ‘There is no gradualness and there are no countermeasures to a dozen nuclear warheads detonating simultaneously in U.S. cities.’
    • ‘If it did smash into the Earth the effect would be like detonating thousands of nuclear bombs, killing billions of people and wiping out an area the size of Europe.’
    • ‘Security measures to prevent nuclear attacks must be continued, but we cannot rely on efforts to block terrorists from detonating nuclear devices.’
    • ‘Restaurant workers said more than 40 diners were inside when the bomb was detonated.’
    • ‘Rarely has the potential power of hip hop been so convincingly harnessed, with Chuck D's furiously articulate lyrics detonating like bombs.’
    • ‘That accord specifically prohibited countries from detonating nuclear weapons in space.’
    • ‘One of the two suspects who detonated the bombs is believed to have died in the explosions and the other is still at large.’
    • ‘What if a chemical weapon detonates on a crowded New England dock?’
    • ‘His task is to detonate a nuclear device in Suffolk, which will somehow scare millions into voting Labour.’
    • ‘However, no one was injured as one of the petrol bombs detonated inside the porch and another failed to explode.’
    • ‘Pakistan and India declared themselves nuclear powers after detonating atomic bombs in 1998.’
    • ‘The good news, from it standpoint of the Americans is, that means that most of that lethality is wasted if you're detonating a roadside bomb.’
    explode, go off, be set off, blow up, burst apart, shatter, erupt
    set off, explode, discharge, let off, touch off, trigger
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Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin detonat- thundered down or forth from the verb detonare, from de- down + tonare to thunder.

Pronunciation:

detonate

/ˈdetnˌāt/