inflate

[in-fleyt]
verb (used with object), inflated, inflating.
1.
to distend; swell or puff out; dilate: The king cobra inflates its hood.
2.
to cause to expand or distend with air or gas: to inflate a balloon.
3.
to puff up with pride, satisfaction, etc.
4.
to elate.
5.
Economics. to expand (money, prices, an economy, etc.) unduly in amount, value, or size; affect with inflation.
verb (used without object), inflated, inflating.
6.
to become inflated.
7.
to increase, especially suddenly and substantially: The $10 subscription has inflated to $25.

Origin:
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

inflater, inflator, noun
overinflate, verb (used with object), overinflated, overinflating.
reinflate, verb, reinflated, reinflating.


1. See expand.


1. deflate.
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inflate (ɪnˈfleɪt)
 
vb
1.  to expand or cause to expand by filling with gas or air: she needed to inflate the tyres
2.  (tr) to cause to increase excessively; puff up; swell: to inflate one's opinion of oneself
3.  (tr) to cause inflation of (prices, money, etc)
4.  (tr) to raise in spirits; elate
5.  (intr) to undergo economic inflation
 
[C16: from Latin inflāre to blow into, from flāre to blow]
 
in'flatedly
 
adv
 
in'flatedness
 
n
 
in'flater
 
n
 
in'flator
 
n

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inflate
1530s, from L. inflatus, pp. of inflare (see inflation).
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inflate definition


deflate

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Example sentences
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.
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