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detonate

[det-n-eyt] /ˈdɛt nˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), detonated, detonating.
1.
to explode with suddenness and violence.
verb (used with object), detonated, detonating.
2.
to cause (something explosive) to explode.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin dētonātus thundered forth (past participle of dētonāre), equivalent to dē- de- + ton(āre) to thunder + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
detonable
[det-n-uh-buh l] /ˈdɛt n ə bəl/ (Show IPA),
detonatable, adjective
detonability, detonatability, noun
nondetonating, adjective
undetonated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for detonating

detonate

/ˈdɛtəˌneɪt/
verb
1.
to cause (a bomb, mine, etc) to explode or (of a bomb, mine, etc) to explode; set off or be set off
Word Origin
C18: from Latin dētonāre to thunder down, from de- + tonāre to thunder
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Word Origin and History for detonating

detonate

v.

1729, a back-formation from detonation, or else from Latin detonatus, past participle of detonare. Related: Detonated; detonating.

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