Definition of blown-up in English:

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1Destroyed or severely damaged by an explosion: blown-up buildings
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  • The island had suffered a gas explosion, followed by the crash of a helicopter sent to rescue birdwatchers trapped in a blown-up building.
  • In a secretive compound north of Paris, colored blips and blotches on a computer-screen map depict an armored vehicle at a highway, tanks, a blown-up building in a suburban field.
  • The blown-up bridges had not been rebuilt across the Arno and there were tremendous food scarcities.
2Enlarged: a blown-up photograph
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  • The simple set includes a large blackboard, festooned with the blown-up headlines used to advertise newspapers.
  • The Hibernian midfielder is having his photograph taken in front of a blown-up picture from last season of some of his younger teammates celebrating.
  • Johannesburg has been transformed into an art gallery with some 65 blown-up artworks erected on the city's buildings.
3Inflated; swollen: a blown-up balloon
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  • Elsewhere, desperate refugees build a raft, or use blown-up plastic bags to try to float across the river.
  • The last image in that ad was the blown-up head of Geoffrey the Toys'R'Us mascot bouncing around in the parking lot.
  • If you stick a blown-up balloon into a vat of melted chocolate, it'll pop in your face.
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