[ UK /dˈɛtənˌe‍ɪt/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛtəˌneɪt/ ]
  1. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction
    the bomb detonated at noon
    The Molotov cocktail exploded
  2. cause to burst with a violent release of energy
    We exploded the nuclear bomb
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How To Use detonate In A Sentence

  • Urban guerrillas detonated a car bomb in front of the company's headquarters.
  • So the theories are that perhaps somebody intentionally detonated this weapon in what's sometimes called fragging, an intentional effort to kill officers, and in this case, two officers. CNN Transcript Jun 10, 2005
  • Forensic evidence has shown that at least one of the bombs was detonated remotely via an untraceable prepaid mobile phone.
  • Police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking vehicle in Times Square, authorities said Sunday. Bomb found in car near Times Square
  • The majority of guerrilla attacks on US occupation forces have been carried out by remotely detonated bombs or rocket-propelled grenades.
  • The terrorists were killed when their bomb detonated unexpectedly.
  • This was also a society undergoing huge change and upheaval – phyically as the railways shrank the land and technology changed the world of work from field to factory, mentally as the revelations of Darwin detonated under Christianity. Evil Book Thingy
  • A remote control device was used to detonate the bomb.
  • When the vehicle moved off the pin was pulled out and the bomb detonated, said Mr Lowe.
  • It appeared the car was booby-trapped and the bomb was detonated by remote control.
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