\ ˈblōt How to pronounce bloat (audio) \

Definition of bloat

 (Entry 1 of 3)


bloated; bloating; bloats

Definition of bloat (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make turgid or swollen
b : to cause abdominal distension in
2 : to fill to capacity or overflowing



Definition of bloat (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : one that is bloated
b : unwarranted or excessive growth or enlargement bureaucratic bloat
2 : digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by accumulation of gas in one or more stomach compartments
3 : a condition of large dogs marked by distension and usually life-threatening rotation of the stomach

Examples of bloat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the center of the government’s case is an allegation that Williams, through Burdett, ordered the tax preparer to bloat Williams' business deductions by more than $700,000 over five years, reducing his tax liability by about $200,000. John Simerman,, "Judge grants Jason Williams access to grand jury transcripts in bid to toss tax indictment," 25 Nov. 2020 Windows Update will still tend to bloat up the operating system pretty rapidly, and the SxS directory in particular still balloons with legacy versions of code that has been replaced in security upgrades. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "What’s new in Windows 10 Build 2004," 26 June 2020 There’s a herd of dinosaur mobs, bloated with essence, between you and the three-vs-three teamfight. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Amazon's Crucible Magicks Gaming Clichés Into Something Fresh," 27 May 2020 Lactose intolerance, which is caused by an inability to fully digest a sugar contained in dairy foods and which can lead to discomfort like gas and bloating, can develop in childhood. Alice Callahan, New York Times, "The New Rules of Food Allergy Prevention, Testing and Diagnosis," 17 Apr. 2020 Overdoing it on fiber can commonly cause gas, bloating, and cramping, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Some Bars Make You Crampy, Farty, and Bloated," 24 Sep. 2019 While school administrators enjoy six-figure salaries and overall administrative spending continues to bloat, one in six classified staffers qualify for food stamps. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "The Next Big Labor Strike Hits Oregon," 27 Sep. 2019 According to the news report, the doctor noticed that the girl's stomach was bloated and that was cause for concern. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "A 14-Year-Old Girl Was Allegedly Hospitalized for Hundreds of Bubble Tea Balls Clogging Her Stomach," 12 June 2019 But the outlet says West is still bloating his net worth. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Report: Yes, Kanye West is a billionaire. But he's still not as rich as he says he is," 25 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Drinking water is key to keeping the bloat at bay during your period. Oriahnn Native, Essence, "Period Hacks," 9 Dec. 2020 Thanksgiving leftover recipes that help beat the bloat. NBC News, "Biden names all-female communications team, health officials fear post-Thanksgiving Covid surge," 30 Nov. 2020 If anything, by stripping away all of the frippery and bloat that makes Bing a slog, Ghostery offers a stirring defense of that engine's core capabilities. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Ghostery’s New Search Engine Will Be Entirely Ad-Free," 18 Nov. 2020 The cooperative missions were lots of fun, but this game’s bloat included way too much entanglement with Ubisoft online fussiness, including needing a real-world phone app to unlock all the chests. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "All the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked," 11 Nov. 2020 This is where the bloat started to settle into the series. Elise Favis, Washington Post, "All the Assassin’s Creed games, ranked," 11 Nov. 2020 In many areas, particularly infrastructure construction and maintenance, there has been eye-popping cost bloat of late. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Rescuing state and local governments will pay for itself," 29 Oct. 2020 But the microbes that break down corn are different from those that work on grass, so cattle have to be monitored carefully for bloat or other health problems. New York Times, "Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues," 20 Oct. 2020 In a recent New York Times op-ed, Harvard Law professors Cass Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule sought to change the terms of the debate over the growth and bloat of the federal administrative state. Thomas Koenig, National Review, "The Administrative State: Who Makes the Rules?," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bloat


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1677, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bloat


Middle English blout, blote soft, pliable, from Old Norse blautr soft, weak; akin to Old English blēat miserable

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“Bloat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bloat

chiefly US : too much growth


\ ˈblōt How to pronounce bloat (audio) \
bloated; bloating

Kids Definition of bloat

: to make swollen with or as if with fluid
\ ˈblōt How to pronounce bloat (audio) \

Medical Definition of bloat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make turgid:
a : to produce edema in
b : to cause or result in accumulation of gas in the digestive tract of cucumbers sometimes bloat me
c : to cause abdominal distension in

intransitive verb

: to become turgid



Medical Definition of bloat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a digestive disturbance of ruminant animals and especially cattle marked by accumulation of gas in one or more stomach compartments
2a : a condition of large dogs marked by distension and usually life-threatening rotation of the stomach
b : any flatulent digestive disturbance of domestic animals

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