[ ih-ruhpt ]
/ ɪˈrʌpt /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to release violently; burst forth with: She erupted angry words.
(of a volcano, geyser, etc.) to eject (matter).

Origin of erupt

1650–60; < Latin ēruptus burst forth, broken out (past participle of ērumpere), equivalent to ē- e-1 + ruptus, past participle of rumpere to break, rupture


e·rupt·i·ble, adjective pre·e·rupt, verb (used without object) re·e·rupt, verb (used without object) un·e·rupt·ed, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for erupt

British Dictionary definitions for erupt

/ (ɪˈrʌpt) /


to eject (steam, water, and volcanic material such as lava and ash) violently or (of volcanic material, etc) to be so ejected
(intr) (of a skin blemish) to appear on the skin; break out
(intr) (of a tooth) to emerge through the gum and become visible during the normal process of tooth development
(intr) to burst forth suddenly and violently, as from restraint to erupt in anger

Derived forms of erupt

eruptible, adjective eruption, noun

Word Origin for erupt

C17: from Latin ēruptus having burst forth, from ērumpere, from rumpere to burst

Medical definitions for erupt

[ ĭ-rŭpt ]


To break through the gums in developing. Used of teeth.
To appear on the skin. Used of a rash or blemish.