verb (used without object), detonated, detonating.
to explode with suddenness and violence.
verb (used with object), detonated, detonating.
to cause (something explosive) to explode.

1720–30; < Latin dētonātus thundered forth (past participle of dētonāre), equivalent to dē- de- + ton(āre) to thunder + -ātus -ate1

detonable [det-n-uh-buhl] , detonatable, adjective
detonability, detonatability, noun
nondetonating, adjective
undetonated, adjective Unabridged
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detonate (ˈdɛtəˌneɪt)
to cause (a bomb, mine, etc) to explode or (of a bomb, mine, etc) to explode; set off or be set off
[C18: from Latin dētonāre to thunder down, from de- + tonāre to thunder]

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Word Origin & History

1729, from L. detonat-, pp. stem of detonare (see detonation).
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Example sentences
If designed and placed properly, a pencil bomb could be timed to detonate days
  later, while ships and their cargo were at sea.
But you also don't want to wait until they're about to detonate a bomb.
Every week coal companies detonate explosives equivalent to that of an atomic
He proceeded with plans to detonate a thirty-megaton hydrogen bomb, the largest
  tested to date.
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