detonate

[det-n-eyt]

verb (used without object), det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing.

to explode with suddenness and violence.

verb (used with object), det·o·nat·ed, det·o·nat·ing.

to cause (something explosive) to explode.

Nearby words

  1. dethatch,
  2. dethrone,
  3. detick,
  4. detinue,
  5. detmold,
  6. detonation,
  7. detonator,
  8. detour,
  9. detox,
  10. detoxicant

Origin of detonate

1720–30; < Latin dētonātus thundered forth (past participle of dētonāre), equivalent to dē- de- + ton(āre) to thunder + -ātus -ate1

Related formsdet·o·na·ble [det-n-uh-buh l] /ˈdɛt n ə bəl/, det·o·nat·a·ble, adjectivedet·o·na·bil·i·ty, det·o·nat·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·det·o·nat·ing, adjectiveun·det·o·nat·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for detonate

detonate

verb

to cause (a bomb, mine, etc) to explode or (of a bomb, mine, etc) to explode; set off or be set off

Word Origin for detonate

C18: from Latin dētonāre to thunder down, from de- + tonāre to thunder

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Word Origin and History for detonate

detonate

v.

1729, a back-formation from detonation, or else from Latin detonatus, past participle of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating.

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