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Burst or shatter violently and noisily as a result of rapid combustion, excessive internal pressure, or other process
“There are numerous young surfers who excel - they are a bomb waiting to explode onto the international scene.”
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To develop suddenly and violently
“However, gas-giant planets orbiting less than 0.4 AU from their parent stars explode this belief.”
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To cause to break open or into pieces by or as if by an explosive
“He exploded with rage at the accusation.”
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Increase suddenly in size, number, or extent
“Weed populations explode the year after a drought due to turf thinning.”
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To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off
“The first test atomic bomb was exploded in the New Mexico desert.”
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“The population has exploded in the last twenty years.”
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