verb in·flate \in-ˈflāt\

: to add air or gas to (something, such as a tire or a balloon) and make it larger

: to become larger by being filled with air or gas

: to think or say that (something) is larger or more important than it really is


Full Definition of INFLATE

transitive verb
:  to swell or distend with air or gas
:  to puff up :  elate <inflate one's ego>
:  to expand or increase abnormally or imprudently
intransitive verb
:  to become inflated
in·fla·tor or in·flat·er \-ˈflā-tər\ noun

Examples of INFLATE

  1. We used a pump to inflate the raft.
  2. Economists warn that rapid economic growth could inflate prices.
  3. Increased competition has inflated salaries among professional athletes.
  4. Rapid economic growth may cause prices to inflate.

Origin of INFLATE

Middle English, from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare, from in- + flare to blow — more at blow
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with INFLATE

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verb in·flate \in-ˈflāt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INFLATE

transitive verb
:  to swell or distend with air or gas <inflate the lungs>
intransitive verb
:  to become inflated
in·fla·tion \in-ˈflā-shən\ noun


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