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[dih-fleyt] /dɪˈfleɪt/
verb (used with object), deflated, deflating.
to release the air or gas from (something inflated, as a balloon):
They deflated the tires slightly to allow the truck to drive under the overpass.
to depress or reduce (a person or a person's ego, hopes, spirits, etc.); puncture; dash:
Her rebuff thoroughly deflated me.
to reduce (currency, prices, etc.) from an inflated condition; to affect with deflation.
verb (used without object), deflated, deflating.
to become deflated.
Origin of deflate
1890-95; < Latin dēflātus blown off, away (past participle of dēflāre), equivalent to dē- de- + fl(āre) to blow + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
deflator, noun
self-deflated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deflate
  • But nothing will deflate holiday euphoria faster than a home that's been robbed or flooded in the owners' absence.
  • It's tough to finally get the offer, be excited about it, then deflate as reality sets in.
  • Light as a feather, this tube is easy to fit in your backpack and quick to inflate and deflate.
  • Eh, well, seldom do mans conceits deflate with grace.
  • Gently fold in the rest, being careful not to deflate the mixture.
  • Since a bubble ultimately reflects loose monetary conditions, only monetary tightening is sure to deflate it.
  • Nothing can deflate a joke faster than the threat of a lawsuit.
  • After four months in the stomach, the balloons begin to deflate spontaneously at an unacceptably high rate.
  • The real estate stock market bubble will probably burst, rather than deflate.
  • Except that the parliament's excess of zeal did much to deflate the big occasion.
British Dictionary definitions for deflate


to collapse or cause to collapse through the release of gas
(transitive) to take away the self-esteem or conceit from
(economics) to cause deflation of (an economy, the money supply, etc)
Derived Forms
deflator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from de- + (in)flate
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Word Origin and History for deflate

1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. Latin deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Related: Deflated; deflating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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deflate in Technology
file format, compression
A compression standard derived from LZ77; it is reportedly used in zip, gzip, PKZIP, and png, among others.
Unlike LZW, deflate compression does not use patented compression algorithms.
Used as a verb to mean to compress (not decompress!) a file which has been compressed using deflate compression. The opposite, inflate, means to decompress data which has been deflated.
Deflate is described in RFC 1951.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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