Definition of deflate
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
: to lose firmness through or as if through the escape of contained gas
deflatoror less commonly
deflaterplay \-ˈflā-tər\ noun
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 of deflate from the Web
But every two-strike pitch that Ramos delivered in his calamitous ninth inning at Marlins Park breathed new life into the Dodgers, and the outcome was a deflating 6-4 loss on Friday night.
The mattress is neither lined with hard-foam ridges, nor something that can spontaneously deflate if something pierces it.
The pursuit continued onto several city and county roads in and around New Albany, the ISP release states, before the driver ran over spike strips and his tire deflated.
Several times during the pursuit — which reached speeds of up to 90 mph — spike strips were used to deflate the Audi’s tires, officials said.
A dark chord sounded faintly by two cellos and a bass slowly deflated and disappeared, leaving Michael Francis conducting, in the dark, to no one.
The NASA balloons, which swell into a peculiar pumpkin shape more than 100 meters across in the upper atmosphere, are designed to stay at a constant altitude by resisting day-night temperature swings that inflate and deflate the balloon.
Extended pauses between several tunes proved deflating.
On Inauguration Day, President Donald Trump (impeachment can’t come soon enough) wheeled around and snapped something to the smiling Melania that caused her face to deflate and those standing near her to look concerned, slightly stunned.
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Origin and Etymology of deflate
de- + -flate (as in inflate)
First Known Use: 1891See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of deflate
DEFLATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deflate for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of deflate for Students
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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