deflate

verb
de·​flate | \ di-ˈflāt How to pronounce deflate (audio) , ˌdē- How to pronounce deflate (audio) \
deflated; deflating

Definition of deflate

transitive verb

1 : to release air or gas from deflate a tire
2 : to reduce in size, importance, or effectiveness deflate his ego with cutting remarks
3 : to reduce (a price level) or cause (a volume of credit) to contract

intransitive verb

: to lose firmness through or as if through the escape of contained gas

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Other Words from deflate

deflator or less commonly deflater \ di-​ˈflā-​tər How to pronounce deflater (audio) , ˌdē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for deflate

contract, shrink, condense, compress, constrict, deflate mean to decrease in bulk or volume. contract applies to a drawing together of surfaces or particles or a reduction of area or length. caused her muscles to contract shrink implies a contracting or a loss of material and stresses a falling short of original dimensions. the sweater will shrink when washed condense implies a reducing of something homogeneous to greater compactness without significant loss of content. condense the essay into a paragraph compress implies a pressing into a small compass and definite shape usually against resistance. compressed cotton into bales constrict implies a tightening that reduces diameter. the throat is constricted by a tight collar deflate implies a contracting by reducing the internal pressure of contained air or gas. deflate the balloon

Examples of deflate in a Sentence

The birthday balloons deflated after a few days. The harsh criticism left him utterly deflated. an insult that would deflate their egos He has worked to deflate popular myths about investing. Deflated prices mean that farmers are getting less for their products.
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When it was revealed that Megan Rapinoe had been picked for a doping test, the room deflated in unison. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Megan Rapinoe: 'I'm down with' booing of FIFA boss," 7 July 2019 And there is nothing more deflating than watching someone who has put his foot wrong in this culture subject himself to performative self-criticism, abominating himself as a bearer of privilege. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Pavlik Morozov Is the Patron Saint of Cancel Culture," 2 July 2019 Behind a wash of blinking blue police lights, a black Nissan Murano was parked facing east on Luella, its doors swung wide open except on the front passenger side, and its driver’s side rear tire deflated. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Man driven to police station after South Deering shooting," 22 June 2019 On a third-and-12, Ross grabbed the ball with just his right hand for 37 yards a Tide-deflating first down. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title," 8 Jan. 2019 After a segment about robo-taxis, King deflates the whole story by wondering aloud: Isn’t that just another name for a driverless car? Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The irresistible authenticity of Gayle King," 11 June 2019 The Blues could have easily been deflated after a 7-2 blowout loss in Game 3, but instead came out firing to score within 43 seconds of the puck drop on Monday. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "Stanley Cup Final: TV, fast facts for Boston Bruins-St. Louis Blues in Game 5," 6 June 2019 That could deflate the hopes of Democrats in Congress and on the 2020 campaign trail that incriminating findings from Mueller would hobble the president’s agenda and re-election bid. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Mueller finds no Trump collusion, leaves obstruction open," 25 Mar. 2019 The pair of daggers deflated the crowd, and all but secured a Game 7 in Boston. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "No glory — or play ‘Gloria’ — for Blues after they bungled Game 6," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of deflate

1891, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for deflate

de- + -flate (as in inflate)

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The first known use of deflate was in 1891

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More Definitions for deflate

deflate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deflate

: to release air or gas from (something, such as a tire or balloon) and make it smaller
: to lose air or gas from inside
: to make (someone) lose confidence or pride

deflate

verb
de·​flate | \ di-ˈflāt How to pronounce deflate (audio) \
deflated; deflating

Kids Definition of deflate

1 : to let the air or gas out of something that has been blown up
2 : to reduce in size or importance The criticism deflated her confidence.

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