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1 detonate

Cause to burst with a violent release of energy.

synonyms: blow up, explode, set off.

Roget 406: rap, snap, tap, knock, ping; click; clash; crack, crackle; crash; pop; slam, bang, blast, ... show more

Roget 173: be violent etc. adj.; run high; ferment, effervesce; romp, rampage, go on a rampage; run wild, run amuck, run riot; break the peace; rush, ... show more

2 detonate

Burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction:
— The bomb detonated at noon.

synonyms: blow up, explode.

Moby thesaurus: backfire, bang, bark, blast, blow out, blow up, burst, bust, charge, coal, cock, crack, discharge, drop, eject, explode, feed, fell, fill up, fire ... show more.

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