\ 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 In the summer of 2017, the Brooklyn Nets made a similar move, taking on Timofey Mozgov’s bloated contract along with draft disappointment D’Angelo Russell. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson trade was about financial flexibility, stockpiling assets and ... Kevin Porter Jr.," 27 Dec. 2019 The gym always gets crowded this time of year, bloated with Resolution People. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: I usually don't do resolutions, but here's one for sports in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 However, like the unravelling of Star Wars, bloat began to seep in to the health care system. Amit Phull, STAT, "Star Wars and the U.S. health care system share this: bloat," 23 Dec. 2019 This causes the entire star to bloat out into what’s known as a red giant. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Skywatch: There’s a star in all of us," 15 Dec. 2019 Imagine your body bloated with water, floating down the Danube. Emi Nietfeld, Longreads, "Self Portrait as a Human Interest Story," 13 Dec. 2019 Sadly, there's really no known way to completely prevent bloating when eating delightfully salty fare, but there are ways to counteract the effect and minimize the appearance of fluid retention later. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "How to De-Puff a Bloated Face," 10 Dec. 2019 Wheat There are plenty of people who can’t tolerate gluten or the high FODMAP fructans (poorly absorbed carbohydrates that can trigger gas, bloating and other GI distress) in whole wheat. NBC News, "5 seemingly unhealthy foods that are actually good for you," 26 Nov. 2019 Standard size is 12 ounces ($5-$8), not a pint, leading to less bloat and more room for food. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Good pizza and creative beer at 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company’s continued presence in the WPP stable is emblematic of the bloat which became endemic under Sorrell, whose investments included a 9% stake in publisher Vice Media and 19% stake in Argentinian software firm Globant SA. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "The Tiny Company That Spawned a Global Media Empire Gets the Ax," 24 June 2019 The Politician suffers from a combination of Netflix bloat and Murphy’s own tendency to overreach for the hell of it. Kristen Baldwin,, "Ryan Murphy's The Politician struggles to stay on message," 23 Sep. 2019 And inventory fell 26% to $966 million, a major step toward clearing bloat that had been a serious problem for the company a year ago. Washington Post, "Still Believe in That Under Armour Turnaround?," 19 Sep. 2019 After an indulgent Thanksgiving feast, there’s no better way to cope with the bloat than to settle in to binge-watch a holiday film marathon. Cady Lang, Time, "The 15 Best Thanksgiving Movies to Watch This Holiday Season," 22 Nov. 2019 The blend of spices and the nut-free topping offer the flavor fix of a fruit crumble or pie minus a few hundred calories and the after-dessert bloat — even with the optional whipped topping or spoonful of ice cream. NBC News, "Healthier sides and desserts for your holiday table," 17 Nov. 2018 Not all the events described above make perfect sense and there's definitely some bloat here storytelling-wise, but that never seems to cut into the pacing. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jack Ryan' Season 2: TV Review," 1 Nov. 2019 Facial Gua Sha is a massage technique designed to relieve tension in the muscles of the face, boost blood circulation, and encourage lymphatic drainage to banish bloat. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Gua Sha Benefits," 16 Sep. 2019 The Senate wants to put off creating a full-fledged service for at least a year, instead putting General Raymond in charge of both Space Command and a putative Space Force, to avoid bureaucratic bloat. The Economist, "Donald Trump creates Space Command but must wait for Space Force," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 Feb. 2020.

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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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