blow up

  1. exaggerate or make bigger

    Synonyms : amplify, expand, inflate
    Type Of : increase
  2. make large

    Synonyms : enlarge, magnify
    Antonyms : reduce
    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • blow up an image
  3. cause to burst with a violent release of energy

    Synonyms : detonate, explode, set off
    Type Of : change integrity
  4. add details to

    Synonyms : aggrandise, aggrandize, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
    Type Of : overstate, hyperbolise, amplify, overdraw, hyperbolize, magnify, exaggerate
  5. to swell or cause to enlarge

    Synonyms : puff, puff out, puff up
    Type Of : intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce
  6. fill with gas or air

    Synonyms : inflate
    Type Of : expand
  7. burst and release energy as through a violent chemical or physical reaction

    Synonyms : detonate, explode
  8. get very angry and fly into a rage

    Synonyms : blow a fuse, blow one's stack, combust, flip one's lid, flip one's wig, fly off the handle, go ballistic, have a fit, have kittens, hit the ceiling, hit the roof, lose one's temper, throw a fit
    Type Of : rage