Definition of Blow up

1. Verb. Cause to burst with a violent release of energy. "We exploded the nuclear bomb"

Exact synonyms: Detonate, Explode, Set Off
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Causes: Detonate, Explode
Specialized synonyms: Fulminate, Dynamite
Derivative terms: Blowup, Detonation, Detonative, Detonator, Explosion, Explosion

2. Verb. Make large. "Blow up an image"
Exact synonyms: Enlarge, Magnify
Category relationships: Photography, Picture Taking
Generic synonyms: Increase
Derivative terms: Blowup, Enlargement, Enlarger, Magnification, Magnification, Magnifier, Magnitude
Antonyms: Reduce

3. Verb. Get very angry and fly into a rage. "Spam makes me go ballistic"

4. Verb. Add details to. "They won't blow up the story "

5. Verb. Burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction. ; "The Molotov cocktail exploded"
Exact synonyms: Detonate, Explode
Derivative terms: Detonation, Detonative

6. Verb. Exaggerate or make bigger. "The charges were inflated"
Exact synonyms: Amplify, Expand, Inflate
Generic synonyms: Increase
Specialized synonyms: Puff Up
Derivative terms: Expansive

7. Verb. Fill with gas or air. "Inflate a balloons"
Exact synonyms: Inflate
Specialized synonyms: Reflate, Billow, Heave, Surge
Generic synonyms: Expand
Antonyms: Deflate
Derivative terms: Inflatable, Inflater, Inflation, Inflator

8. Verb. To swell or cause to enlarge,. "Did his feet blow up?"; "Puffed out chests"
Exact synonyms: Puff, Puff Out, Puff Up
Generic synonyms: Intumesce, Swell, Swell Up, Tumefy, Tumesce
Derivative terms: Puffer

Definition of Blow up

1. Verb. (intransitive) To explode or be destroyed by explosion. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To cause (something or someone) to explode, or to destroy (something) or maim or kill (someone) by means of an explosion. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To inflate or fill with air. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To enlarge or zoom in. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To fail disastrously. ¹

6. Verb. (slang) To become popular very quickly. ¹

7. Verb. (slang) To suddenly get very angry. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blow Up

blow out
blow out of proportion
blow out of the water
blow over
blow smoke
blow someone's brains out
blow someone's mind
blow someone out of the water
blow the whistle
blow this for a game of soldiers
blow this pop stand
blow this popsicle stand
blow torch
blow tube
blow up (current term)
blow up in one's face
blow valve
blow valves

Literary usage of Blow up

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1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"This is the fact that has given rise to the rumor that he can blow up an iron-clad ship. This might be true if he could plant his properly tuned receiver in ..."

2. Theatrical Management in the West and South for Thirty Years by Solomon Smith (1868)
"I remember nothing very amusing connected with my present visit to this city except the following : À Challenge and a Blow-up. During Christmas time ..."

3. Diary of the American Revolution: From Newspapers and Original Documents by Frank Moore (1860)
"... blow up the magazines, and secure the passes of the town. Gilbert Forbes, a. gunsmith, in the Broadway, was taken between two and three o'clock on ..."

4. History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the by William Francis Patrick Napier (1842)
"... his right wing—Combat on the Hormaza—The French retreat behind Pancorbo and blow up the castle of Burgos—Wellington crosses the upper Ebro and turns the ..."

5. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke (1800)
"... and another, at length Jet on fire, and blow up in the night. General conflagration. Extraordinary exertions of gallantry and humanity displayed by ..."

6. The History of Rome by Thomas Arnold (1868)
"Was it possible that Mago might kindle a fierce flame in Liguria ? might blow up the half-extinguished ashes in Etruria, and reviving the fire in the south, ..."

7. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1883)
"The Inflexible and Téméraire steamed along the of men at once,-dismount puns, and blow up magazines in the earthworks. Two of the broadside ships were at ..."

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