\ 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 Some supplements may help relieve PMS bloating, such as vitamin E, vitamin D, thiamine, magnesium, or omega-3 fish oil, Dr. Ross adds. Samantha Lauriello,, "10 Things That Cause Belly Bloat, and How to Prevent Them," 20 Nov. 2019 However, sugar alcohols do come with a not-so-sweet downside when consumed in the amounts found in some bars: gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Some Bars Make You Crampy, Farty, and Bloated," 24 Sep. 2019 Mr Kaeser slimmed the group’s bloated bureaucracy, centralising human resources and other functions and ordered division bosses to focus on developing, building and selling their wares. The Economist, "Nobody said reforming Siemens was going to be easy," 19 Sep. 2019 Too many endings and romantic subplots that do nothing but bloat the running time and detract from the snowy action could easily have been jettisoned by editors Tang Man To and Li Lin for a leaner, loftier final product. Elizabeth Kerr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Climbers' ('Pan deng zhe'): Film Review," 1 Oct. 2019 That has coincided with fiscal restraint across the globe, as governments try to rein in spending and avoid further bloating debt levels. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Global Recession Risks Are Up, and Central Banks Aren’t Ready," 9 July 2019 All indications are that the actual reason behind the military’s bloated budget goes far beyond the ill-starred ventures of our twenty-first-century presidents, and has far more serious implications for both our defense and our society. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 The finances, including Scott’s bloated $5.3 million annual salary, are alarming., "Canzano: Larry Scott’s Power Breakfast needs a Pac-12 punch from Oregon Ducks," 26 Aug. 2019 And with shows like Project Runway bloating to upwards of 90 minutes, the series’s 23-minute episodes are brisk enough to binge through without feeling too gross about yourself. Judy Berman, Time, "The 6 Best New Shows of Summer 2019," 20 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 But Gunfight is a very, very good move from a publisher notorious for microtransactions, design bloat, and trend chasing. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Boom-shaka-laka: Call of Duty’s new “Gunfight” mode is like NBA Jam with guns," 11 July 2019 Besides, the All-Star roster bloat is a byproduct of much more than the rule that every team must be represented. The Si Staff,, "Should Every MLB Team Have an All-Star?," 4 July 2019 In the eyes of the district, though, there’s no greater bloat than the health benefits. Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Sacramento city schools could save millions on teachers’ health care. Will union play ball?," 4 June 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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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