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Verb: combust  kum'búst
  1. Cause to burn or combust
    "We combust coal and other fossil fuels";
    - burn
  2. Start to burn or burst into flames
    "The oily rags combusted spontaneously";
    - erupt, ignite, catch fire, take fire, conflagrate
  3. Get very angry and fly into a rage
    "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question";
    - flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic
  4. Cause to become violent or angry
    "Riots combusted Pakistan after the U.S. air attacks on Afghanistan"
  5. Undergo combustion
    "Maple wood combusts well";
    - burn

Derived forms: combusted, combusting, combusts

Type of: anger, change state, rage, turn

Encyclopedia: Combust