bloat·​ed | \ˈblō-təd \

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

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That has created an ineffective, corrupt bureaucracy and bloated payroll on which most of Iraq’s oil revenue is wasted. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iraq’s New Leader Faces Obstacles to Change," 3 Oct. 2018 Seattle has a bloated payroll with many players in their 30s and a depressed farm system that makes restocking or acquiring players in a trade difficult. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Nelson Cruz headlines group of seven Mariners that are now free agents," 29 Oct. 2018 Inventories were so bloated that workers sometimes couldn’t find a part by the time it was needed. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Harley-Davidson CEO Made a Startling Discovery: ‘The Problem Was Us’," 31 Aug. 2018 Democrats also may worry more about the bloated deficit. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Stock Markets Are Too Happy With the Election Outcome," 7 Nov. 2018 American Business Center, Berlin, Germany, 1997 Here is Johnson, on a site of deep historic significance, mixing his postmodern and deconstructivist tendencies into a single bloated building. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018 Tina also appears to have some kind of condition—the camerawork emphasizes a really pronounced brow line, bloated fingers, routine heavy breathing. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 Microsoft’s 154-to-1 ratio looks bloated compared to the 59-to-1 ratio from fellow local tech giant Amazon. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella makes 154 times median employee pay," 16 Oct. 2018 In a somewhat unsuccessful attempt to trim the show's typically bloated running time, Kimmel offered a brand-new jet ski to the winner who delivered the evening's shortest acceptance speech. Josh Rottenberg,, "'The Shape of Water' wins best picture at the 90th Academy Awards," 5 Mar. 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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