burst Definition

  • 1break suddenly and violently apart, spilling the contents
  • 2a sudden and brief period of intense activity, feeling, or emotion
  • 3an instance of breaking or splitting as a result of internal pressure or puncturing

Using burst: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "burst" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The balloon burst with a loud noise.

  • Example

    She burst into tears when she heard the news.

  • Example

    The dam burst and flooded the town.

  • Example

    He burst out laughing at the joke.

burst Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with burst

  • to suddenly catch fire and burn


    The car burst into flames after the accident.

  • to feel extremely proud


    Her parents were bursting with pride at her graduation ceremony.

  • to be completely full or overflowing


    The theater was bursting at the seams with people waiting to see the show.


Summary: burst in Brief

The verb 'burst' [bɜːst] can mean to break suddenly and violently apart, to have a sudden and brief period of intense activity, feeling, or emotion, or to split or break as a result of internal pressure. It can be used in phrases like 'burst into tears' or 'burst into flames,' and idioms like 'burst with pride.'

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