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 Connelly heard Thursday morning that the race had been canceled, he was deflated. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon cancels junior race, but kids run anyway," 5 July 2019 Teams have doubts about his outside shot and perimeter defense translating to the NBA, which has kept his value deflated despite a strong statistical case. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 12.0: Trade Rumors and Final Projections," 20 June 2019 On a deflating evening, both were left to wonder about a golden opportunity gone by the boards for a defining Cup title. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Once again, an imperfect finish for Tuukka Rask," 13 June 2019 But the process of memorializing fleeting moments of ungainly success—on the badminton court, the basketball court, the soccer field—had a curiously deflating effect. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "The Brooklyn Startup Helping High-School Athletes Go Viral," 30 May 2019 Critics say there are too many ways for the recall effort to turn into a deflating failure. The Bend Bulletin, oregonlive.com, "Some Oregon Republicans are having regrets about effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown," 25 July 2019 With the Twins clinging to a lead over the Oakland Athletics, the bullpen imploded again, this time with usually reliable reliever Taylor Rogers blowing a save in the top of the ninth inning en route to a deflating 5-4 loss. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Twins bullpen implodes again in deflating 5-4 loss to Athletics," 20 July 2019 Alonso, the Home Run Derby champion last week, nearly handed the Giants a deflating loss. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner sparkles, Donovan Solano gets decisive hit in 16-inning win," 19 July 2019 The government is trying, all at once, to design cities more humanely and sustainably and deflate the housing bubble without crashing the economy. Andrew Moore, National Geographic, "To build the cities of the future, we must get out of our cars," 17 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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