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verb in·flate \in-ˈflāt\

Simple Definition of inflate

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of inflate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to swell or distend with air or gas

  3. 2 :  to puff up :  elate <inflate one's ego>

  4. 3 :  to expand or increase abnormally or imprudently

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become inflated




play \-ˈflā-tər\ noun

Examples of inflate in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of inflate

Middle English, from Latin inflatus, past participle of inflare, from in- + flare to blow — more at blow

First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of inflate

expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (as growth, unfolding, addition of parts) <a business that expands every year>. amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate <amplify the statement with details>. swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits <the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions>. distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within <a distended abdomen>. inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse <an inflated ego>. dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference <dilated pupils>.

Rhymes with inflate

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INFLATE Defined for Kids


verb in·flate \in-ˈflāt\

Definition of inflate for Students



  1. 1 :  to swell or fill with air or gas <inflate a balloon>

  2. 2 :  to cause to increase beyond proper limits <Prices have been inflated.>

Medical Dictionary


verb in·flate \in-ˈflāt\

Medical Definition of inflate




  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to swell or distend with air or gas <inflate the lungs>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become inflated


\in-ˈflā-shən\play noun

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