Apropos inflation, the government could try to inflate its way out of this crisis, covering the deficit by printing money.
Does it matter whether Taylor Swift wants me to inflate my Internet notoriety by doing a dumb thing where I lip sync to her music?
You may decide to curb your enthusiasm—or inflate it—at no risk to your health or the well-being of the planet.
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.