[[t]ˈdɛt nˌeɪt[/t]] v. -nat•ed, -nat•ing
1) to explode with sudden violence
2) to cause to explode
Etymology: 1720–30; < F det′o•na•ble -ə bəl det′o•nat`a•ble, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Detonate — Det o*nate, v. t. To cause to explode; to cause to burn or inflame with a sudden report. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • detonate — index discharge (shoot) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • detonate — 1729, a back formation from DETONATION (Cf. detonation), or else from L. detonatus, pp. of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating …   Etymology dictionary

  • detonate — [v] set off bomb bang, blast, blow up, burst, discharge, explode, fulminate, kablooey*, let go, mushroom*, push the button*, shoot off, touch off, va voom*; concept 179 Ant. dismantle …   New thesaurus

  • detonate — ► VERB ▪ explode or cause to explode. DERIVATIVES detonation noun. ORIGIN Latin detonare, from tonare to thunder …   English terms dictionary

  • detonate — [det′ n āt΄] vi. detonated, detonating [< L detonatus, pp. of detonare, to thunder < de , intens. + tonare, to THUNDER] to explode violently and noisily vt. to cause (a bomb, dynamite, etc.) to explode detonation n …   English World dictionary

  • detonate — verb ( nated; nating) Etymology: French détoner to explode, from Latin detonare to expend thunder, from de + tonare to thunder more at thunder Date: 1729 intransitive verb to explode with sudden violence transitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • detonate — UK [ˈdetəneɪt] / US [ˈdet(ə)nˌeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms detonate : present tense I/you/we/they detonate he/she/it detonates present participle detonating past tense detonated past participle detonated to explode, or to make… …   English dictionary

  • detonate — [18] Detonate is related to thunder. It comes from the past participle of Latin dētonāre, a compound verb formed from the prefix dē ‘down’ and tonāre ‘thunder, roar’, which goes back to the same Indo European base (*ten , *ton ) as thunder. Latin …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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