Definition of deflate
- deflate a tire
- deflate his ego with cutting remarks
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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First Known Use: 1891See Words from the same year
: 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
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