bal·​loon·​ing | \ bə-ˈlü-niŋ How to pronounce ballooning (audio) \

Definition of ballooning

: the act or sport of riding in a balloon

Examples of ballooning in a Sentence

She's always wanted to go ballooning.

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The roughly $25 million in cuts come as Louisville struggles to pay a ballooning pension bill set by the state that played into what was expected to be a $35 million budget shortfall this fiscal year. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Metro Council finalizes proposed budget. Here's the final list of cuts," 25 June 2019 By 2017, profits had disappeared and with debt ballooning from acquisitions, Hudson’s Bay Co. began jettisoning assets, including Gilt and Galeria Kaufhof. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "A Buyout Won’t Solve Saks Owner’s Real Issue: Department Stores Are Dying," 13 June 2019 The Mercer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, extrapolating the occasion to include all sorts of travel — hovercraft, hot-air ballooning — in an interactive science exhibit. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "Family fun in Philadelphia: Dinosaurs on the Parkway, zipline at the zoo, JoJo Siwa, Apollo 11 festivities, Cirque," 5 June 2019 Drugmakers have taken varying approaches to the complex disease, seeking to reduce and reverse liver fat, inflammation and ballooning of tissue, instead of tackling fibrosis. Riley Griffin,, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 This year, because of the ballooning number of migrants and the backlog, the agency is spending $4,000 a day just to buy enough food, medicines and other supplies to keep the Clint facility operating. Cedar Attanasio And Amy Taxin, Houston Chronicle, "Doctors, lawyers portray dire conditions for child migrants," 27 June 2019 There are as many explanations for the ballooning cost of such services as there are politicians. The Economist, "The rising cost of education and health care is less troubling than believed," 20 June 2019 Just a year ago most could not have cared less about the ballooning power of tech over so many aspects of American life. Casey Newton, The Verge, "With an antitrust case looming, Apple’s new login tool is tempting fate," 5 June 2019 According to the report, questions raised early last year by Supervisor Luis Alejo about the ballooning costs of the latest upgrade prompted the civil grand jury to begin investigating. Jim Johnson, The Mercury News, "Grand jury blasts Monterey County for financial, HR system debacle," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of ballooning

1784, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ballooning

: the activity or sport of riding in a hot air balloon

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