bloat·​ed | \ ˈblō-təd How to pronounce bloated (audio) \

Definition of bloated

: overfilled and extended with liquid, gas, food, etc. felt bloated from eating too much a bloated body often used figuratively to describe something as having grown excessively large a bloated budgeta bloated bureaucracy

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Examples of bloated in a Sentence

I felt bloated from eating too much. a bloated sense of his own importance

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After 18 years, Apple is killing one of its most bloated pieces of software. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2019 developer conference," 3 June 2019 Apple is breaking apart the features that made iTunes a bloated pain to use for years -- podcasts, TV shows and movies -- and creating new, and hopefully faster, individual apps. Micah Singleton, Billboard, "Apple Announces New Apple Music App, Replacing iTunes, at WWDC 2019," 3 June 2019 My body—now further stretched, bruised, and bloated—was officially beyond recognition. Jason Sheeler, Vogue, "How George Michael, A Buddhist Monk, and A Stripper Saved My Life," 14 Feb. 2019 Ask for brown rice and low-sodium soy sauce and make sure to drink at least two glasses of water to feel less bloated. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "What I've Learned So Far from the Wedding Dress Challenge," 26 Jan. 2012 But Sears continued trying to rely on its bloated and increasingly shabby big stores, now being closed by the hundreds. WSJ, "Sears Missed Every Chance to Remain Great," 17 Oct. 2018 This happens to be the guilty-free version that won't leave you with a carb-hangover – tired and bloated. Abby Cuffey, Woman's Day, "Food Blogger Friday – Jessica," 20 May 2011 Obviously, the chances of moving the bloated contracts of Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Felix Hernandez are almost impossible. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Analysis: What does Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto mean about a ‘step back’ in 2019?," 21 Nov. 2018 The bloated carcasses of hundreds of thousands of hogs, chickens and other drowned livestock bobbed in a nose-stinging soup of fecal matter, pesticides, fertilizer and gasoline so toxic that fish flopped helplessly on the surface to escape it. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bloated

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of bloated

: very swollen : too full of liquid, gas, food, etc.

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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