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
Examples of inflate in a sentence
We used a pump to inflate the raft.
Economists warn that rapid economic growth could inflate prices.
Increased competition has inflated salaries among professional athletes.
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
INFLATE Defined for Kids
Definition of inflate for Students
1 : to swell or fill with air or gas <inflate a balloon>
2 : to cause to increase beyond proper limits <Prices have been inflated.>
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