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[in-fleyt] /ɪnˈfleɪt/
verb (used with object), inflated, inflating.
to distend; swell or puff out; dilate:
The king cobra inflates its hood.
to cause to expand or distend with air or gas:
to inflate a balloon.
to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
to elate.
Economics. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.
verb (used without object), inflated, inflating.
to become inflated.
to increase, especially suddenly and substantially:
The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.
Origin of inflate
1470-80; < Latin inflātus past participle of inflāre to blow on or into, puff out, equivalent to in- in-2 + flā- blow2 + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
inflater, inflator, noun
overinflate, verb (used with object), overinflated, overinflating.
reinflate, verb, reinflated, reinflating.
1. See expand.
1. deflate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inflate
  • The officials said they suspected the team used erroneous data to inflate their claims.
  • Simply asking the travelers for the price is hopeless, he figures, for they will inflate it.
  • inflate a balloon by fitting it over a bottle containing a yeast-sugar-water mixture.
  • Finally large gas-filled bags will inflate to protect it as it bounces to a halt on the landing site.
  • And if that fails, they will help inflate those liabilities away.
  • The factors that inflate health costs must be addressed widely and directly.
  • Once packed, you hook the foot-pump up to the case and inflate it.
  • Another undesirable model is to inflate the debt away, as has often happened in the past.
  • Defectors have been known to inflate the threat from their home regimes.
  • They also found virtually no evidence of attempts to inflate disability claims.
British Dictionary definitions for inflate


to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or air: she needed to inflate the tyres
(transitive) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swell: to inflate one's opinion of oneself
(transitive) to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc)
(transitive) to raise in spirits; elate
(intransitive) to undergo economic inflation
Derived Forms
inflatedly, adverb
inflatedness, noun
inflater, inflator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin inflāre to blow into, from flāre to blow
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Word Origin and History for inflate

early 15c., "cause to swell," from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare "to blow into, inflate" (see inflation). Economics sense from 1844. In some senses a back-formation from inflation. Related: Inflatable; inflated; inflating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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inflate in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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