Synonyms of explode in English:


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1‘a bomb exploded at the university’


blow up, detonate, blow, burst, burst apart, fly apart, fly into pieces, shatter, go off, erupt

bang, crack, boom

informal go bang

literary fulminate

2‘the first British atomic device was exploded in the Monte Bello islands’


detonate, set off, let off, discharge, touch off, trigger, trigger off, fire off, let fly



3‘he exploded in a torrent of foul language’


lose one's temper, give vent to one's feelings, blow up, rage, rant and rave, storm, bluster, get angry, become enraged, go into a rage, go berserk

informal fly off the handle, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, blow one's cool, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, flip one's lid, freak out, go wild, go bananas, see red, go off the deep end, lose one's rag, go ape, burst a blood vessel

British informal go spare, go crackers, do one's nut, get one's knickers in a twist, throw a wobbly

North American informal blow one's lid, blow one's stack

4‘the city's exploding pet population’


increase suddenly, increase rapidly, increase dramatically, mushroom, snowball, escalate, multiply, burgeon, rocket, shoot up, accelerate, heighten

5‘this report explodes the myth that men are the bed-hopping rogues’


disprove, refute, deny, rebut, invalidate, gainsay, negate, repudiate, discredit, debunk, belie, give the lie to, expose, deflate, puncture, quash, contradict, ridicule

blow up, blow sky-high, knock the bottom out of, drive a coach and horses through, cut down to size, pick holes in

informal shoot full of holes, shoot down, shoot down in flames, blow out of the water

rare controvert, confute, negative