deflate


de·flate

verb \di-ˈflāt, ˌdē-\

: to release air or gas from (something, such as a tire or balloon) and make it smaller

: to lose air or gas from inside

: to make (someone) lose confidence or pride

de·flat·edde·flat·ing

Full Definition of DEFLATE

transitive verb
1
:  to release air or gas from <deflate a tire>
2
:  to reduce in size, importance, or effectiveness <deflate his ego with cutting remarks>
3
:  to reduce (a price level) or cause (a volume of credit) to contract
intransitive verb
:  to lose firmness through or as if through the escape of contained gas
de·fla·tor also de·fla·ter \-ˈflā-tər\ noun

Examples of DEFLATE

  1. The birthday balloons deflated after a few days.
  2. The harsh criticism left him utterly deflated.
  3. an insult that would deflate their egos
  4. He has worked to deflate popular myths about investing.
  5. Deflated prices mean that farmers are getting less for their products.

Origin of DEFLATE

de- + -flate (as in inflate)
First Known Use: 1891

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