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[ih-ruhpt] /ɪˈrʌpt/
verb (used without object)
to burst forth:
Molten lava erupted from the top of the volcano.
Synonyms: vent.
(of a volcano, geyser, etc.) to eject matter.
to break out of a pent-up state, usually in a sudden and violent manner:
Words of anger erupted from her.
to break out in a skin rash:
Hives erupted all over his face and hands.
(of teeth) to grow through surrounding hard and soft tissues and become visible in the mouth.
verb (used with object)
to release violently; burst forth with:
She erupted angry words.
Synonyms: vent.
(of a volcano, geyser, etc.) to eject (matter).
Origin of erupt
1650-60; < Latin ēruptus burst forth, broken out (past participle of ērumpere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break, rupture
Related forms
eruptible, adjective
preerupt, verb (used without object)
reerupt, verb (used without object)
unerupted, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for erupt
  • Most of the world's volcanoes probably erupt under the oceans.
  • Our patience may also dry up when, week after week, new troubles erupt.
  • Attempt to impose a new order from the outside and violence is all but sure to erupt.
  • Huge flames erupt beneath your rocket as it blasts off.
  • Also, see how scientists are learning to predict where, when and even how the next blazes will erupt.
  • But exactly when the caldera will erupt is difficult to predict.
  • But they erupt rather different compositions of magma, which is harder to reconcile with a single source.
  • Blisters form on the lips but may also erupt on the tongue.
  • Leaders worry that crises will erupt when governments are not on top of events.
  • So the switch to volcanoes that erupt above water might have allowed oxygen to build up.
British Dictionary definitions for erupt


to eject (steam, water, and volcanic material such as lava and ash) violently or (of volcanic material, etc) to be so ejected
(intransitive) (of a skin blemish) to appear on the skin; break out
(intransitive) (of a tooth) to emerge through the gum and become visible during the normal process of tooth development
(intransitive) to burst forth suddenly and violently, as from restraint: to erupt in anger
Derived Forms
eruptible, adjective
eruption, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēruptus having burst forth, from ērumpere, from rumpere to burst
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Word Origin and History for erupt

1650s, of diseases, etc., from Latin eruptus, past participle of erumpere "to break out, burst" (see eruption). Of volcanoes, from 1770. Related: Erupted; erupting.

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erupt in Medicine

erupt e·rupt (ĭ-rŭpt')
v. e·rupt·ed, e·rupt·ing, e·rupts

  1. To break through the gums in developing. Used of teeth.

  2. To appear on the skin. Used of a rash or blemish.

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