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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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 The help is vital: Ms. Naguanagua’s sister’s two children, ages 2 and 3, roam the home with bloated bellies. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Maduro, Clinging to Power, Uses Hunger as an Election Weapon," 22 Mar. 2018 And with JetBlue, Kennedy Airport was wide open and the legacy airlines were big and bloated. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "JetBlue Founder David Neeleman on How New Airline Moxy Will Change the Way We Fly," 12 Dec. 2018 DeGeneres did as stellar a job as possible, but all Oscars hosts, no matter how great, are up against the confines of a bloated and largely boring telecast that refuses to change with the times. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Needs an Oscars Host Anyway?," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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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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