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

Other Words from deflate

deflator or less commonly deflater \ di-​ˈflā-​tər How to pronounce deflate (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, deflate the tube a bit, and install the other side of the tire. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 28 July 2020 Help deflate bags with this La Roche-Posay retinol eye cream. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 29 Apr. 2022 That could raise the cost of capital for fossil fuel companies, and deflate the carbon bubble. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 11 Mar. 2022 How would raising interest rates control inflation or deflate inflation? Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 16 Mar. 2022 Officers used spike strips to deflate the Trailblazer’s tires, but Thomas continued driving until losing control and rolling over near North Interstate Avenue and Interstate Place, police said. oregonlive, 22 Apr. 2022 At the intersection of Gilbert and Riggs roads, Chandler police positioned an unmarked patrol car and an officer deployed stop sticks to try to deflate the truck's tires, McClimans said. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 Rising mortgage rates have yet to deflate buyer demand in metro Detroit's housing market, where prices continue to climb amid a slim inventory of available homes. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2022 The Terps then opened the third quarter with eight unanswered points and 11 of the first 13 for a 58-41 cushion that the Eagles would not be able to deflate. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 20 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Deflate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for deflate


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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