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Princeton's WordNet

  1. explode, detonate, blow up, set offverb

    cause to burst with a violent release of energy

    "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

  2. blow up, enlarge, magnifyverb

    make large

    "blow up an image"

  3. flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballisticverb

    get very angry and fly into a rage

    "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic"

  4. embroider, pad, lard, embellish, aggrandize, aggrandise, blow up, dramatize, dramatiseverb

    add details to

  5. detonate, explode, blow upverb

    burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction;"the bomb detonated at noon"

    "The Molotov cocktail exploded"

  6. inflate, blow up, expand, amplifyverb

    exaggerate or make bigger

    "The charges were inflated"

  7. inflate, blow upverb

    fill with gas or air

    "inflate a balloons"

  8. puff, puff up, blow up, puff outverb

    to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"

    "puffed out chests"


  1. blow upverb

    To explode or be destroyed by explosion.

  2. blow upverb

    To cause (something or someone) to explode, or to destroy (something) or maim or kill (someone) by means of an explosion.

  3. blow upverb

    To inflate or fill with air.

  4. blow upverb

    To enlarge or zoom in.

  5. blow upverb

    To fail disastrously.

  6. blow upverb

    To become popular very quickly.

  7. blow upverb

    To suddenly get very angry.


  1. blow up

    "Blow up" is a colloquial, versatile term that can be used in a variety of contexts, however it generally denotes a rapid, significant, and often disruptive increase or growth. It could refer to physically inflating something (like blowing up a balloon), causing an explosion (such as blowing up a building), or intensifying a situation or argument. In recent years, it also refers to achieving sudden fame or attention, usually on social media (as in, a post or photo "blowing up" with likes or shares). The exact definition depends on the context in which it is used.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. blow up

    1. [scientific computation] To become unstable. Suggests that the computation is diverging so rapidly that it will soon overflow or at least go nonlinear. 2. Syn. blow out.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blow up in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blow up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of blow up in a Sentence

  1. Brandon Smith:

    Brandon really, really likes geography and maps, so I thought maybe I could reach out to Twitter and I'll get 50 or 100 people from the United States and Canada, maybe the UK. I never expected it to blow up.

  2. Kenny Polcari:

    I think (Tsipras) was a little defiant and arrogant and he overplayed his hand, it could still blow up. There's still nervousness in the market.

  3. Wilson Witzel:

    If it were with the authorization of the United Nations, in other parts of the world, we could send a missile there to blow up those people.

  4. Brian Riedl:

    The Senate Democrats just engaged in one of the most cynical displays of partisanship I have ever seen in the U.S. Senate, they let Pelosi blow up a bipartisan agreement.

  5. Edmund S. Morgan:

    Children whose curiosity survives parental discipline and who manage to grow up before they blow up are invited to join the Yale faculty. Within the university they go on asking their questions and trying to find the answers ... it is a place where the world's hostility to curiosity can be defied.

Translations for blow up

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  • explodieren, aufblasen, sprengen, vergrößernGerman
  • ανατινάζωGreek
  • faire sauter, gonflerFrench
  • gonfiareItalian
  • 拡大する, 爆破Japanese
  • wysadzać, wybuchaćPolish
  • encher, ampliar, explodirPortuguese
  • взорвать, надувать, взорваться, надуть, взрывать, взрыватьсяRussian
  • blåsa upp, förstora, spränga, exploderaSwedish
  • havaya uçurmak, büyütmek, havaya uçmak, şişirmekTurkish

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