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Dictionary definition for: Erupt

1. (v) start abruptly; "After 1989, peace broke out in the former East Bloc"

2. (v) erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country" "Tempers flared at the meeting" "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"

3. (v) start to burn or burst into flames; "Marsh gases ignited suddenly" "The oily rags combusted spontaneously"

4. (v) as of teeth, for example; "The tooth erupted and had to be extracted"

5. (v) become active and spew forth lava and rocks; "Vesuvius erupts once in a while"

6. (v) force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; "break into tears" "erupt in anger"

7. (v) appear on the skin; "A rash erupted on her arms after she had touched the exotic plant"

8. (v) become raw or open; "He broke out in hives" "My skin breaks out when I eat strawberries" "Such boils tend to recrudesce"

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