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detonate

[ det-n-eyt ]
/ 藞d蓻t n藢e瑟t /
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verb (used without object), det路o路nat路ed, det路o路nat路ing.
to explode with suddenness and violence.
verb (used with object), det路o路nat路ed, det路o路nat路ing.
to cause (something explosive) to explode.
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Origin of detonate

1720鈥30; <Latin d膿ton膩tus thundered forth (past participle of d膿ton膩re), equivalent to d膿-de- + ton(膩re) to thunder + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM detonate

det路o路na路ble [det-n-uh-buhl], /藞d蓻t n 蓹 b蓹l/, det路o路nat路a路ble, adjectivedet路o路na路bil路i路ty, det路o路nat路a路bil路i路ty, nounnon路det路o路nat路ing, adjectiveun路det路o路nat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for detonate

detonate
/ (藞d蓻t蓹藢ne瑟t) /

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 d膿ton膩re to thunder down, from de- + ton膩re to thunder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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