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 Henry Ford introduced the moving assembly line in automotive manufacturing, the price of cars deflated by an order of magnitude, while sales of cars boomed. WSJ, "Productivity Growth Deflates Prices—Good!," 16 Nov. 2018 The balloon suddenly deflated and came to a rest on the ground as its crew appeared to be preparing to take it to Scotland. USA TODAY, "Live in London where protesters are rallying against President Trump's visit to UK," 13 July 2018 Particularly hard hit have been those who got swept up in the mania just before what skeptics ranging from Jamie Dimon to Nouriel Roubini have labeled as one of the biggest asset bubbles in history began showing signs of deflating. Fortune, "Bitcoin Newbies Are Getting Crushed," 3 Feb. 2018 Co-founder Sean Rad, along with eight former and current Tinder execs, says IAC purposefully deflated Tinder’s valuation in order to avoid paying him. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: This is the summer of the startup megadeal," 15 Aug. 2018 If the mattress starts to deflate, the whisper-quiet pump automatically adjusts to prevent sagging. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Air Mattresses on the Market," 20 Dec. 2018 Then any time the Wolverines tried to come back in the second half, DiVincenzo deflated those counter-punches. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Three deciding factors in Villanova's national championship win over Michigan," 2 Apr. 2018 Her elimination deflated the crowd, who much preferred to see a Banks-Asuka standoff instead of Asuka vs. the Bella sisters. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Ronda Rousey's WWE Debut and Other Takeaways From Royal Rumble 2018," 29 Jan. 2018 Those penalties deflated Seattle drives at the end of the fourth quarter and in overtime. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Instant analysis: Three impressions from the Seahawks’ 26-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018

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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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