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[ri-fleyt] /rɪˈfleɪt/
verb (used without object), reflated, reflating.
to increase again the amount of money and credit in circulation.
verb (used with object), reflated, reflating.
to increase (money and credit) again.
Origin of reflate
1930-35; back formation from reflation Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reflate
  • Many holes can be picked in their pledges to reflate the world economy and re-regulate global finance.
  • Falling prices mean that real interest rates cannot be negative when required to reflate a sick economy.
  • If nothing else, it should publicly revive discussion of alternative plans to reflate the economy.
  • It therefore has to find an alternative way to reflate the economy.
  • In her budget the following spring, she refused all pressure to reflate the economy out of recession.
British Dictionary definitions for reflate


to inflate or be inflated again
Word Origin
C20: back formation from reflation
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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