UK [ɪˈrʌpt] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "erupt":
present tense I/you/we/they erupt he/she/it erupts present participle erupting past tense erupted past participle erupted
1) if a volcano erupts, it explodes inside and flames, rocks, and lava come out of the top
2) to start suddenly with a lot of violence or noise

Police feared that a riot might erupt.

a) if a place erupts, there is suddenly a lot of noise as people start shouting, laughing, or fighting
erupt in/into:

The room erupted in laughter as Sally acted out the incident.

b) to suddenly express a particular feeling, especially anger, in a noisy way

He erupted with fury when I suggested he was wrong.

3) if spots erupt on your skin, a lot of them suddenly appear there

Derived word:
UK [ɪˈrʌpʃ(ə)n] / US noun countable/uncountable
Word forms "eruption":
singular eruption plural eruptions

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