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
The diaphragm outside of its mouth has since deflated, Boothe said.
If Tom Brady is hiding concussions, it’s not the same as deflating footballs, but close.
Each inflatable tent module arrives deflated, folded up like a body bag that could fit a dead ox (An ox that led a good life, because each bag is 2,600 pounds).
On Friday, the U.S. jobs market showed surprising resiliency in the face of the weakening economy, deflating hopes that the central bank would cut interest rates by a hefty 75 basis points to spark an economic recovery.
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Origin and Etymology of deflate
de- + -flate (as in inflate)
First Known Use: 1891
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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