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Verb: erupt  i'rúpt
  1. Start abruptly
    "After 1989, peace erupted in the former East Bloc";
    - break out
  2. Erupt or intensify suddenly
    "Unrest erupted in the country";
    - irrupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst out
  3. Start to burn or burst into flames
    "Marsh gases erupted suddenly";
    - ignite, catch fire, take fire, combust, conflagrate
  4. Break out
    "The tooth erupted and had to be extracted";
    - come out, break through, push through
  5. Become active and spew forth lava and rocks
    "Vesuvius erupts once in a while";
    - belch, extravasate
  6. Force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up
    "erupt in anger";
    - break, burst
  7. Appear on the skin
    "A rash erupted on her arms after she had touched the exotic plant"
  8. Become raw or open
    "Such boils tend to erupt";
    - recrudesce, break out

Sounds like: err, er, Urt, irrup

Derived forms: erupted, erupting, erupts

See also: recrudesce

Type of: ail, appear, begin, burst, change state, deepen, explode, express emotion, express feelings, intensify, pain, start, trouble, turn

Encyclopedia: Erupt