(third-person singular simple present blows up, present participle blowing up, simple past blew up, past participle blown up)
- (intransitive) To explode or be destroyed by explosion.
- Why do cars in movies always blow up when they fall off a cliff?
- To cause (something or someone) to explode, or to destroy (something) or maim or kill (someone) by means of an explosion.
- We had to blow up the bridge before the enemy army arrived.
- More civilians than soldiers have been blown up by anti-personnel mines.
- To inflate or fill with air.
- Blow up the balloons.
- To enlarge or zoom in.
- Blow up the picture to get a better look at their faces.
- (intransitive) To fail disastrously.
- (slang, intransitive) To become popular very quickly.
- This album is about to blow up; they're being promoted on MTV.
- (slang) To suddenly get very angry.
- Dad blew up at me when I told him I was pregnant.
- (slang, intransitive) To relatively quickly become much more fat or rotund.
In senses 2, 3, and 4 the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
- Inflatable; able to be blown up.
- The kids played with a blow-up sea-monster in the pool.